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Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Overview

Are you interested in the legal system and the law? The Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Technical Diploma prepares students for highly responsible entry-level positions as paralegals or legal assistants. Students take courses that provide them with the basic competencies to begin a career as a paralegal or legal assistant. The Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate program is appropriate for those persons who already have earned a bachelor’s or other higher education degree. Students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree should apply to the Legal Studies/Paralegal Associate Degree Program.

A paralegal or legal assistant is a person qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, or corporation, governmental agency or other entity to perform specifically-designed substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. 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.

Throughout the Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate program you will gain skills such as:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Communication skills
  • Law – family, criminal, contract, immigration, employment, elder, real estate, administrative
  • Administration of estates
  • Legal research
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CVTC’s Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Program is approved by the American Bar Association, an important credential for most legal employers.

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

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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Estimated Total:  $4,083

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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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50% of our recent Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate professionals make an average starting salary of $33,051.


Regional Jobs

There are 59 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.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from EMSI which is an Economic Modeling Software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.

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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Program Accreditation

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The Paralegal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. View accreditation information.