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Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate

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Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Overview

Start your career in law with CVTC’s Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate program. If you are detail-oriented, enjoy a new challenge each day, and have earned your bachelor's degree, our one-year, flexible, associate degree is for you! This program is designed to prepare you for a paralegal or legal assistant job or start your path to law school.

CVTC’s experienced instructors will help you explore many different legal disciplines, including criminal, family, employment, insurance, and real estate law in exciting hands-on classes.

Learn to investigate, research, write, prepare legal documents, and assist attorneys in the courtroom at trials and hearings. Plus, you will gain valuable real-world experience during an internship at an area law office or legal department. 

Your degree will lead to job opportunities working with lawyers in governmental agencies and private firms in a wide variety of fields. CVTC program graduates have also attended prestigious law schools, including the University of Wisconsin, Marquette University, and Hamline Mitchell School of Law.

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CVTC’s Legal Studies/Paralegal program is the only program in Northwestern Wisconsin approved by the American Bar Association. If this appeals to you, apply today and start this fall!

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

  • Investigate facts of a legal case
  • Perform case management tasks
  • Interview clients and witnesses
  • Prepare legal documents
  • Assist attorneys in courtroom trials and hearings

You will gain the following skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • 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

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.

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Just the Facts

Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate
24 Credit Technical Diploma

Program Length
One Year

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Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $4,256

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Career Opportunities

Judicial Assistant

Legal Assistant


Probate Paralegal

Real Estate Closing Processor

Senior Legal Assistant

Graduate Employers

Crivello Carlson, S.C.

Dunn County Courthouse

Grosskopf Law Office

Hennepin County Public Defender's Office

Scott County Attorney's Office

Weld Riley, S.C.

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Our recent Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate graduates reported an average starting salary of $40,183.



100% of our recent Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate graduates got a job in the industry.


Regional Jobs

There are 53 job openings in the CVTC district for the Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate program.

Sample Courses

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.

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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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Admission Requirements

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