Paralegal Studies
2-year AAS degree

Paralegals are legal professionals who assist attorneys in all areas of the law. An attorney may delegate any legal work to a paralegal except tasks that involve giving legal advice or representing a client in court (although paralegals may assist at trial). Iowa prohibits the practice of law by non-attorneys.

Kirkwood Community College is a longstanding member of the American Association for Paralegal Education. Kirkwood's Paralegal Studies helps prepare students for entry-level positions in the paralegal profession. The plan of study also provides career-enhancing credentials for people already employed in law related work. Graduates work in law firms, corporate legal departments, and other business and governmental offices such as prosecutors' offices, banks, title companies and insurance companies. The program coordinator shall have discretion to evaluate and approve the transfer of all legal specialty courses. A maximum transfer of 12 credits of legal specialty course work is allowed. Students planning to pursue a degree at a four-year institution follow the Liberal Arts program requirements while at Kirkwood, completing general education and Paralegal elective courses that prepare them to transfer.

Graduates who have gone on to law school after completing their bachelor's degree have found their paralegal education at Kirkwood served as an excellent pre-law experience. In addition, any student wishing to explore a legal career will find program courses useful. Introduction to Law, the first program course, satisfies three credit hours of social science requirement toward an A.A or A.A.S. degree. It is recommended that you work closely with your paralegal advisor.
 

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