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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

Career Opportunities

Insurance Special Investigator

Legal Assistant


Graduate Employers

Otto & Steiner Law, S.C.

Pierce County

Raihle Law Firm

Just the Facts

Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate
24 Credit Technical Diploma

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One Year

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

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Financial Aid Eligible

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 Estimated Total: $3,901

  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!

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate 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 Post-Baccalaureate 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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100% of our recent Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate graduates reported an average starting salary of $40,601.


Regional Jobs

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


Credits to Other Institutions

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

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, Associate Degree

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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