Our program is designed to provide students with hands-on opportunities to develop analytical skills, knowledge of substantive and procedural law, legal terminology, and research and writing skills, and client relations skills, among others. As a paralegal, you may perform the following tasks under the supervision of an attorney:
- Client interviews
- Document preparation
- Organization of case materials and data prior to litigation
- File management
- Witness interviews
What will I do on the job?
The paralegal is a trained professional who assists the attorney in delivery of legal services to the client. This may include a broad range of skills and tasks, including client interviews, document preparation, organization of case materials and data prior to litigation, investigation, legal research, and file management. The paralegal performs these tasks under the supervision of an attorney.
What skills will I use on the job?
Specific skills that a paralegal uses on the job may vary depending on the type of position which is filled. However, for many positions, important skills necessary to succeed as a paralegal include a strong attention to detail; organizational skills; communication skills; and functioning both individually and as part of a team. PCC’s program is designed to develop these skills, including oral and written skills.
How much can I earn?
Starting wages can vary generally from between $10-$20 per hour. Those with experience may earn over $50,000 per year.
Who will hire me?
- Law firms
- Public service or nonprofits
- Other positions in which paralegal skills are desirable
Paralegals may not practice law and may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.