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Paralegal Overview

Are you interested in the legal system and the law? Do you enjoy getting to the bottom of things doing careful research? If so, then pursuing a paralegal degree is the right choice! A paralegal is a trained professional who can step into a legal system and assist lawyers in all aspects of practicing law by attending client meetings, investigating client cases, drafting court documents, and researching legal matters.

Paralegals are not attorneys and are not authorized to practice law but they play a crucial role in providing legal services to the public.

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

  • Investigate facts of a legal case
  • Summarize client interviews and testimony
  • Research legal issues
  • Perform case management tasks
  • Prepare legal documents
  • Assist attorneys in the courtroom at trials and hearings

You will gain the following skills:

  • Legal writing
  • Law – family, criminal, contract, immigration, employment, elder, real estate, administrative
  • Administration of estates
  • Legal research

Students will complete an internship to gain practical experience working in a legal environment under the supervision of an attorney or other qualified professional for a minimum of 144 hours. They will also meet one hour per week to discuss legal office experiences and ethical considerations, learn effective job search techniques, and develop professional image.

The Paralegal program is the only program in the Chippewa Valley approved by the American Bar Association.

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.

Career Opportunities


Corporate Paralegal

Legal Assistant

Insurance Special Investigator

Graduate Employers


National Insurance Crime Bureau

Just the Facts

63 Credit Associate Degree

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Two Years

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Eau Claire

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   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

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Estimated Total:  $11,503

  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 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.

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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100% of our recent Paralegal graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Paralegal professionals make an average starting salary of $32,016.


Regional Jobs

There are 44 job openings in the CVTC district for the Paralegal 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.

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.

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

Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate, Technical Diploma


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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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