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:
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
- Oral, written, and verbal and non-verbal communication skills
- Computer skills
The subjects you will cover in the core coursework include:
- 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.
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
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:
- NALA - National Association of Legal Assistants Job Analysis Report
- PAW - Paralegal Association of Wisconsin Salary Survey Summary
- United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics - Paralegal
Local professional organizations that offer student and professional memberships:
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 semesterFirst SemesterSecond SemesterOther Program-Related Courses10-110-1103 credits10-110-1153 credits10-110-1683 credits10-110-1713 credits10-110-1603 credits10-110-1033 credits10-110-1733 credits10-110-1083 credits10-110-1073 credits
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
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.
- 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.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
Madison College Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Program graduates are prepared to:
- Apply ethical principles in a legal environment.
- Process legal documents.
- Perform legal research.
- Apply critical thinking skills to address legal issues.
- Demonstrate professionalism in a legal environment.
Madison Area Technical College offers the only ABA-approved paralegal program in our district.
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 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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