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Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate
Program Number: 311101
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Law, Protective and Human Services
Delivery Method:
100% Online
Some Online / Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
30 Credits | Finish training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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  • Program Overview

    The Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate program will prepare you for highly responsible entry-level paralegal positions. This one-year technical diploma will provide you with basic competencies that include: 

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    • 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 MATC's Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate program, you will be qualified for employment by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity to perform specifically designated 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

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    You may complete the Legal Studies/Paralegal program by taking day, evening, online, online live, or classroom 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 Post-Baccalaureate program can attend full or part time.

    Paralegal classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax

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    Careers

    Earning your technical diploma in Madison College's Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate program prepares you for valuable work as a:

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

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

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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 first semester
    First Semester
    10-110-101
    3 credits
    10-110-102
    3 credits
    10-110-104
    3 credits
    10-110-141
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    10-110-105
    3 credits
    10-110-142
    3 credits
    10-110-122
    3 credits
    10-110-106
    3 credits
    Other Program-Related Courses
    10-110-110
    3 credits
    10-110-115
    3 credits
    10-110-168
    3 credits
    10-110-171
    3 credits
    10-110-160
    3 credits
    10-110-103
    3 credits
    10-110-173
    3 credits
    10-110-108
    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.

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 15, 2022

    Spring 2023 Application Dates

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

    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
    Submit an official transcript showing the completion of a bachelor’s degree. College seniors may submit an in-progress transcript. A college transcript that confirms a bachelor’s degree must be submitted to Madison College by the application deadline. Applicants who do not meet this deadline may have the option to transfer their application to the Legal Studies/Paralegal Associate Degree program.

    3. Residency Requirements
    Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for this program. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.

    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. 

    Questions?

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

  • Career Outcomes

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

    1. Apply ethical principles in a legal environment.
    2. Process legal documents.
    3. Perform legal research.
    4. Apply critical thinking skills to address legal issues.
    5. Demonstrate professionalism in a legal environment.

    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 28 20 18
      Number of Surveys Sent 28 19 18
      Number of Surveys Returned 23 15 16
      Percent of Surveys Returned 82.10% 78.90% 88.90%
      Available for Employment 19 15 15
      Percent Available for Employment 82.60% 100.00% 93.80%
      Not in Labor Market 4 0 1
      Percent Not in Labor Market 17.40% 0.00% 6.30%
      Available for Employment

      2019 2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 18 13 13
      Percent of Graduates Employed 94.70% 86.70% 86.70%
      Employed in Related Occupation 16 8 11
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 88.90% 61.50% 84.60%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 5 2
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 5.60% 38.50% 15.40%
      Employed - No Response 1 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 5.60% 0.00% 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 1 2 2
      Percent Seeking Employment 5.30% 13.30% 13.30%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.5 3.6
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 23 15 16
      Very Satisfied (4) 16 7 10
      Percent Very Satisfied 69.60% 46.70% 62.50%
      Satisfied (3) 6 8 6
      Percent Satisfied 26.10% 53.30% 37.50%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 1 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 4.30% 0.00% 0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 23 15 16
      Preparation for Getting a Job 11 2 7
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 47.80% 13.30% 43.80%
      Career Change 6 9 5
      Percent Career Change 26.10% 60.00% 31.30%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 5 2 1
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 21.70% 13.30% 6.30%
      Preparation for Further Education 0 2 1
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 13.30% 6.30%
      Personal Interest 1 0 2
      Percent Personal Interest 4.30% 0.00% 12.50%
      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 17 12 13
      Before Enrollment 2 3 2
      Percent Before Enrollment 11.80% 25.00% 15.40%
      While Attending the College 8 2 0
      Percent While Attending the College 47.10% 16.70% 0.00%
      After Training at the College 7 7 11
      Percent After Training at the College 41.20% 58.30% 84.60%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Employment Location Responses 18 13 13
      In College District 15 12 8
      Percent In College District 83.30% 92.30% 61.50%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 0 3
      Percent of In Wisconsin 11.10% 0.00% 23.10%
      Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 2
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 5.60% 7.70% 15.40%
      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 15 6 10
      Average Monthly Wage $3,446 $3,339 $3,652
      Average Hourly Wage $20.04 $19.41 $21.23
      Average Work Hours per Week 40.4 39.3 40
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2
      Average Hourly Wage $18.61
      Average Work Hours per Week 23
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Audley Group Paralegal Boston MD
      Borakove Osman LLC Paralegal Funding Coordinator Middleton
      Fish & Richardson Paralegal Austin TX
      Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet, & Froehle, LLP Paralegal Watertown
      Nicholson, Goetz, & Otis, SC Paralegal
      Notesong & Nathan LLP Paralegal Elroy
      Stafford Neal & Soule SC Legal Assistant
      Urban Triage Executive Assistant
      Wisconsin Court System LTE Library Associate
      Wisconsin Judicare Paralegal Wausau

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

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