Dr. Susan Woods Coffindaffer, Paralegal Studies Program Coordinator
144 Education Building / (304)367-3668
Locust Avenue Campus
Paralegals are highly skilled paraprofessionals who work in a variety of settings under the direct supervision of an attorney. Job responsibilities require the Paralegal to have knowledge of the law and legal procedures, interviewing and case investigation skills, the ability to conduct legal research, and prepare and manage legal documents. Interpersonal communication and office management skills are also important for success. The Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies is designed to build professional competencies in each of these areas.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies, graduates will be able to do the following:
- Apply knowledge of local, state, and federal law and legal procedures in a variety of situations, both civil and criminal
- Apply concepts of interviewing and case investigation skills in a variety of situations to establish baseline information for cases being handled through the law practice
- Conduct independent legal research using primary and secondary documents, both physical and from online databases
- Prepare and manage legal documents for multiple applications, maintaining confidentiality, security, and ethical issues
- Practice and apply interpersonal communication and office management skills contributing to the successful operation of the legal office
Graduates of the Paralegal program can enter the field into a variety of paralegal and related jobs, including the following job titles: Paralegal (private and public); Director and or Coordinator for law office; Preparer of legal documents (including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills); Contract and Estate Closing Officer; Real and Personal Property Appraiser (may require some additional training); Assistant Real Estate Closing Processor; Legal Investigator; Data Collection/Analyzer; Legal Writing Assistant (statutes, decisions and legal articles, codes and documents); Private investigator; and Legal Aid Assistant.