Paralegal Program Details

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.

Just the Facts

66 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program:
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost

Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $12,039

View Estimated Cost Breakdown

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Get a Job

93% of CVTC graduates get a job within 6 months after graduation.

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Make More Money

Our recent Paralegal graduates reported an average starting salary of $25,080.

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Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Paralegal program. For more detailed course info click here.

  • 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.

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.


  • Acquisition Agent
  • Closing Agent
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legal Secretary
  • Paralegal

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