Become a Legal Assistant
Why Choose Paralegal as a Career?
The paralegal profession is for those who like helping people, have good communication and research skills and are comfortable with technology.
Paralegals, also called Legal Assistants, assist attorneys in the efficient and cost effective delivery of legal services. They work under the supervision of an attorney in a law office, title company, bank, government or corporate setting.
Paralegals can perform much of the work formerly done only by an attorney. People in this field also interview clients, investigate, gather and organize information, draft legal documents, perform legal research and most other functions of an attorney with the exception of appearing in court on behalf of a client or giving legal advice.
What Will I Learn?
Westmoreland’s Paralegal program offers affordable learning and is offered for the convenience of people with busy schedules. Many classes are presented using Blackboard Collaborate, which allows instructors and students to interact from their own homes, providing a relaxed environment for learning.
Students are not required to appear on campus for paralegal classes but instead can view them from any location with internet access. All lecture sessions are recorded for viewing later if students are unable to attend the lecture when presented.
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Paralegals are employed by law firms, corporations, government agencies and community legal service agencies. Many legal assistants specialize in one area of the law such as corporate law, real estate, labor law, litigation, domestic law, or estates and trusts.
In the 10-county region surrounding Westmoreland County Community College, earnings for occupations related to this program range from $18.01 to $32.93 per hour, with an average hourly wage of $25.28.
*Data provided by EMSI (economicmodeling.com)