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Legal Studies/Paralegal Overview

Interested in a career in law? CVTC’s Legal Studies/Paralegal program is the perfect start to finding a job in this fast-paced, rewarding field.

Our two-year, flexible, associate degree led by CVTC’s experienced instructors will help you explore a wide variety of legal disciplines, including criminal, family, immigration, employment, real estate, and administrative law.

Learn to research, write, and draft legal documents to assist attorneys in the courtroom during hands-on in-class experiences and an internship at an area law office or legal department.
Your degree can lead to job opportunities working with lawyers in governmental agencies and private firms in many different specialty areas.

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CVTC’s Legal Studies/Paralegal program has been training students for five decades and is the only program in Northwestern Wisconsin approved by the American Bar Association. Waiting to start your future? Overruled! Apply today and start as soon as this fall!

In CVTC’s Legal Studies/Paralegal program, you will learn to:

  • Investigate facts of a legal case
  • Research legal issues
  • Perform case management tasks
  • Prepare legal documents
  • Assist attorneys in courtroom trials and hearings

You will gain the following skills:

  • Legal writing
  • Preparing for hearings and trial
  • Legal research

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.

* Please Note: Some course work offered through synchronous online learning in a fully online program. Program students must take a minimum of nine-semester credits of legal specialty coursework through remote synchronous instruction

Career Opportunities

Insurance Special Investigator

Legal Assistant


Graduate Employers

All Title Services


Jennifer Heinz Law Office

National Insurance Crime Bureau

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Weld Riley, S.C.

Just the Facts

Legal Studies/Paralegal
63 Credit Associate Degree

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Two Years

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(Some course work offered through synchronous online learning in a fully online program.)

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 Estimated Total: $10,705

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!

Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Legal Studies/Paralegal program.

Family Law
Basic legal concepts in the area of family relations, including premarital agreements, parental rights, and divorce.

Legal Writing
An advanced writing course concentrating on legal correspondence, forms, memoranda, and briefs.

Legal Aspects of Business Organizations
Legal aspects involved in the formation, operation, and dissolution of the principal types of business organizations.

Legal Studies/Paralegal Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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83% of our recent Legal Studies/Paralegal graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Legal Studies/Paralegal graduates reported an average starting salary of $33,676.


Regional Jobs

There are 39 job openings in the CVTC district for the Legal Studies/Paralegal industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

Focus On Student Success

My time at CVTC was great. Instructors took a genuine interest in their students not only in the classroom, but also in their future place of employment. I'm thankful that I chose the CVTC Paralegal Program to further my education.

Legal Studies/Paralegal Graduate

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate, Technical Diploma

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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