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, corporation, governmental agency or other entity to perform specifically-designated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals may not provide legal services to the public, except as permitted by law. The Post-baccalaureate diploma in paralegal is appropriate for those persons who already have earned a bachelor's degree. Paralegal program students must take at least ten semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction.
The above gainful employment link represents the four Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Diploma (311101) graduates in academic year 2012-2013. It does not include the 20 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (901101) graduates in academic year 2012-2013. In academic year 2012-2013 and prior, all Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal students were admitted as Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate students. For financial aid reasons, the four graduates took affirmative action to transfer from the Certificate to Diploma option immediately upon the availability of the Diploma option. The curriculum for the two options are identical. The Diploma option is financial aidable. Starting in academic year 2013-2014 all Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal option students were admitted as Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Diploma students.