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Student Satisfaction
99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.
Annual Salary
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $44,364.
Job Growth
Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 12% from 2020-2030.
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 diploma in 1.5 years
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  • Program Overview

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

    • 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

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

    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

    Legal 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
    • 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:


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  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 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
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second 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
    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

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 15, 2024

    Spring 2025

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is December 31, 2024

    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
    An official transcript must be sent from the institution you attended and indicate completion of a bachelor’s degree. College seniors may submit an in-progress transcript, but 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.

    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 or 608.246.6210.

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    Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate career.

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  • 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. Demonstrate professionalism as a member of a legal team.
    5. 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

      Number of Program Graduates181926
      Number of Surveys Sent181926
      Number of Surveys Returned161514
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment151313
      Percent Available for Employment93.8%86.7%92.9%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market6.3%13.3%7.1%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed131310
      Percent of Graduates Employed86.7%100.0%76.9%
      Employed in Related Occupation111210
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation84.6%92.3%100.0%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation210
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation15.4%7.7%0.0%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Seeking Employment203
      Percent Seeking Employment13.3%0.0%23.1%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses161514
      Very Satisfied (4)101312
      Percent Very Satisfied62.5%86.7%85.7%
      Satisfied (3)622
      Percent Satisfied37.5%13.3%14.3%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses161514
      Preparation for Getting a Job
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job
      Career Change
      Percent Career Change
      Improvement of Existing Skills
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills
      Preparation for Further Education
      Percent Preparation for Further Education
      Personal Interest
      Percent Personal Interest
      Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses131310
      Before Enrollment220
      Percent Before Enrollment15.4%15.4%0.0%
      While Attending the College045
      Percent While Attending the College0.0%30.8%50.0%
      After Training at the College1175
      Percent After Training at the College84.6%53.8%50.0%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses131310
      In College District8118
      Percent In College District61.5%84.6%80.0%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District302
      Percent of In Wisconsin23.1%0.0%20.0%
      Outside of Wisconsin220
      Percent Outside Wisconsin15.4%15.4%0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202120222023
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count101210
      Average Monthly Wage$3,652$4,140$3,697
      Average Hourly Wage$21.23$24.07$21.49
      Average Work Hours per Week40.040.042.9
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2023
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Associated BankSenior Personal Trust AssistantMarshfield
      Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C.Paralegal
      Bender, Larson, Chidley, Koppes & Associates, S.C.ParalegalWatertown
      Coyne, Schultz, Becker and BauerLegal Assistant/Paralegal
      Dept of Children and FamiliesParalegal
      Fuhrman & Dodge S.C.ParalegalMiddleton
      Kowalski, Wilson, & VangLegal Assistant
      Ogden Glazer & SchaeferParalegalFitchburg
      Ryan Law Office LLCParalegalBrookfield
      Wisconsin Court of AppealsLegal Assistant

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