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  • Associate Degree - Two Years
  • Program Code: 10-110-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid


Please note that paralegals cannot give legal advice, represent clients in court, or otherwise engage in the unauthorized practice of law. The practice of law by non-attorneys is strictly prohibited by law.


Do you see yourself working in a fast-paced law office with attorneys and investigators, serving clients to help meet their legal needs? Then the paralegal profession could be for you.

Working under the supervision of an attorney, paralegals:

  • investigate facts of a case.
  • work with clients.
  • use computers to find/organize legal information.
  • review contacts, medical records, and court transcripts.
  • draft documents and prepare them for filing with a court.
  • perform legal research.
  • assist with trial preparation and attend court.

CVTC's Paralegal Program is one of a select group of programs in the United States and the only paralegal program in the Chippewa Valley approved by the American Bar Association. CVTC's Paralegal Program has been providing quality paralegal instruction in the Chippewa Valley since 1978. Our faculty, attorneys and paralegals, have practical legal experience to guide you along a path of excellence in the law. The Paralegal Program is committed to preparing you for paralegal and legal assistant positions, improving the quality, accessibility, and affordability of legal services.

Graduates work in many professional settings, often drawing on a second area of expertise to specialize in one or more areas of paralegal services:

  • Hospitals or personal injury, medical malpractice, or elder law firms
  • Immigration law, working with people who do not speak English
  • Advertising and marketing industry
  • Sports and entertainment agencies or companies
  • Patent, copyright, trademark law firms
  • Environmental law, working for state/federal government agencies
  • Family law legal advocates
  • Insurance companies, financial institutions, and real estate firms

If you have graduated with a Bachelor's in Arts or Sciences, you might consider obtaining a Paralegal certificate, which may be completed in one year.

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 66
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 80 (required for admission)
COMPASS Writing: 60 (required for admission)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Algebra: 22 (only used for course placement)
ACT Reading: 19 (required for admission)
ACT English: 18 (required for admission)
ACT Math: 18 (only used for course placement)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.