Full- or part-time, online live or online, this program fits your life. If only the law were that flexible.
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Fostering high quality paralegal education
Annual Salary
Our 2021 graduates reported an average starting salary of $48,876.
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Legal Studies/Paralegal
Program Number: 101101
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Law, Protective and Human Services
Delivery Method:
100% Online
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
60 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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$8,607.00 Tuition
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  • Program Overview

    The two-year associate degree Legal Studies/Paralegal program will prepare you for highly responsible entry-level paralegal and other legal positions. You will take courses that provide you with basic competencies, including: 

    • Critical thinking
    • Problem solving
    • Oral, written, and verbal and non-verbal communication skills
    • Computer skills
    • Ethics

    The subjects you will cover in the core coursework include: 

    • Ethics
    • Substantive and procedural law
    • The American legal system
    • Delivery of legal services
    • Law offices and related environments
    • The paralegal profession
    • Legal research and writing
    • Law-related computer skills
    • Legal interviewing and investigation

    You must complete at least 9 credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses in person, online live or classroom live.

    Upon completion of Madison College's Legal Studies/Paralegal program, you will be qualified for employment by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity to perform designated and substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Please note that paralegals may not provide legal services to the public, except as permitted by law.

    Program Details

    The Legal Studies/Paralegal program will prepare you for a good job and with the associate degree, you can transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your own career path.

    You may complete the Legal Studies/Paralegal program by taking online and online live classes. Evening classes typically run from 5:30 to 8:20 pm. Saturday and summer classes are also offered.

    Students in the Legal Studies/Paralegal program can attend full or part-time.

    Legal Studies/Paralegal classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax

    Legal Careers

    Earning your Legal Studies/Paralegal associate degree at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as a:

    • Case Administration Specialist
    • Compliance Officer
    • Contract Administrator
    • Conveyance Examiner
    • Corporation Paralegal
    • Disability Claims Specialist
    • Law Office Manager
    • Law Office Paralegal
    • Legal Aid Office Paralegal
    • Licensing Manager
    • Plan Intake Coordinator
    • Public/Government Paralegal
    • Real Estate Paralegal
    • Trust Department Paralegal
    • Victim/Witness Advocate

    If you're interested in a career in Paralegal or related law field, you'll want to look closely at career data:

    Local Professional Organizations that offer student and professional memberships:


    America Bar Association Seal of Approval


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  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    Prior to start of program
    First Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Choose one of the following two courses:
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Other Program-Related Courses
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Application Dates

    Spring 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is December 31, 2022

    Fall 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 15, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application opens on February 1, 2023
    • Application completion deadline is December 31, 2023

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing completion of an associate degree or higher
      • Note: Effective with the 2023-2024 year, this may be fulfilled with at least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

  • Transfer Opportunities

    UW System Schools

    The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The terms of the Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who have complete an associates of applied science degree and have been admitted to the Human Services Leadership degree at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

    Wisconsin Private Schools

    Entering students who have completed Madison College general education courses with a grade of "C-" or better may apply them toward satisfying Stritch Liberal Arts requirements.
    A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
    Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
    Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
    Any Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.
    Students who complete the paralegal program can transfer up to 60 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

    Out-of-State Schools

    Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
    Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
    Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
    Students who complete the Paralegal degree from Madison college will be guaranteed admission into Roosevelt University if they (1) have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (2) apply for admission and (3) meeting Roosevelt's posted admission requirement deadlines. Transfer students may transfer up to 70 credit hours form an accredited two-year institution.
  • Career Outcomes

    Madison College Legal Studies/Paralegal Program graduates are prepared to:

    • Apply ethical principles in a legal environment.
    • Process legal documents.
    • Perform legal research.
    • Demonstrate professionalism as a member of a legal team.
    • Synthesize various sources into a supportive legal conclusion. .

    Madison Area Technical College offers the only ABA-approved Paralegal Program in our District.

    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Program Graduates 17 10 12
      Number of Surveys Sent 17 10 12
      Number of Surveys Returned 16 7 12
      Percent of Surveys Returned 94.10% 70.00% 100.00%
      Available for Employment 15 7 11
      Percent Available for Employment 93.80% 100.00% 91.70%
      Not in Labor Market 1 0 1
      Percent Not in Labor Market 6.30% 0.00% 8.30%
      Available for Employment

      2019 2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 14 5 10
      Percent of Graduates Employed 93.30% 71.40% 90.90%
      Employed in Related Occupation 11 5 8
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 78.60% 100.00% 80.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 3 0 2
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 21.40% 0.00% 20.00%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 1 2 1
      Percent Seeking Employment 6.70% 28.60% 9.10%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.4 3.7
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 16 7 12
      Very Satisfied (4) 10 5 8
      Percent Very Satisfied 62.50% 71.40% 66.70%
      Satisfied (3) 5 1 4
      Percent Satisfied 31.30% 14.30% 33.30%
      Unsatisfied (2) 1 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 6.30% 0.00% 0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 1 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 14.30% 0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 16 7 12
      Preparation for Getting a Job 7 2 4
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 43.80% 28.60% 33.30%
      Career Change 5 2 2
      Percent Career Change 31.30% 28.60% 16.70%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 3 2 3
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 18.80% 28.60% 25.00%
      Preparation for Further Education 0 1 3
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 14.30% 25.00%
      Personal Interest 1 0 0
      Percent Personal Interest 6.30% 0.00% 0.00%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 14 5 10
      Before Enrollment 4 2 3
      Percent Before Enrollment 28.60% 40.00% 30.00%
      While Attending the College 8 2 1
      Percent While Attending the College 57.10% 40.00% 10.00%
      After Training at the College 2 1 6
      Percent After Training at the College 14.30% 20.00% 60.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Employment Location Responses 14 5 10
      In College District 11 4 8
      Percent In College District 78.60% 80.00% 80.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 3 1 2
      Percent of In Wisconsin 21.40% 20.00% 20.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 10 5 7
      Average Monthly Wage $3,393 $3,034 $4,073
      Average Hourly Wage $19.73 $17.64 $23.68
      Average Work Hours per Week 40.9 40 42.1
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 1
      Average Hourly Wage $16.00 $16.50
      Average Work Hours per Week 32 25
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Foley and Lardner Legal Assistant
      Gingras, Thommsen & Wachs LLP Legal Intake Specialist/Paralegal
      Greater Wisconsin Agency On Aging Resources Inc Legal Program Assistant
      Stafford Rosenbaum Administrative Legal Assistant
      Steinhilber Swanson LLP Paralegal
      US Bankruptcy Court Paralegal
      West & Dunn, LLC Legal Assistant/Paralegal Waunakee
      WTS Paradigm LLC Legal Operations Specialist Middleton

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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