Paralegal

Associate Degree

Program number: 101101

Credits: 60

Area of Study: Law, Protective and Human Services

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $8,190.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
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$858.90
Other Costs
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$0.00
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Total Estimated Program Costs*:
Overview

The two-year associate degree Paralegal program will prepare you for highly responsible entry-level paralegal 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 10 semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction. 

Upon completion of Madison College's 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 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. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your own career path.

You may complete the Paralegal program by taking all day or evening classes or a combination or both. Evening classes typically run from 5:30 to 8:20 pm. Saturday and summer classes are also offered.

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

Paralegal classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

Paralegal
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Admission

To Apply

After Acceptance

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

Questions?

Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

Transfer

Madison College has the following Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review the list and identify the right college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree. 

After you identify your best transfer options, review the steps to transfer, attend transfer events, and meet with your program advisor every semester to keep your transfer plans on track.

Wisconsin Schools

Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.

Non-Wisconsin Schools

Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Outcomes

Madison College Paralegal 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 Madison, Wis.

Careers

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

  • Law Office Paralegal
  • Public/Government Paralegal
  • Corporation Paralegal
  • Trust Department Paralegal
  • Real Estate Paralegal
  • Law Office Manager
  • Freelance Paralegal
  • Paralegal Supervisor
  • Legal Aid Office Paralegal
  • Contract Administrator

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 18 5 16
    Number of Surveys Sent 18 5 16
    Number of Surveys Returned 16 4 14
    Percent of Surveys Returned 88.90% 80.00% 87.50%
    Available for Employment 15 4 14
    Percent Available for Employment 93.80% 100.00% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 1 0 0
    Percent Not in Labor Market 6.30% 0.00% 0.00%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 15 4 13
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 92.90%
    Employed in Related Occupation 13 3 11
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 86.70% 75.00% 84.60%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 1 2
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 13.30% 25.00% 15.40%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 0 1
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 7.10%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.8 3.5 3.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 16 4 14
    Very Satisfied 14 2 9
    Percent Very Satisfied 87.50% 50.00% 64.30%
    Satisfied 1 2 4
    Percent Satisfied 6.30% 50.00% 28.60%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 1 0 1
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 6.30% 0.00% 7.10%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 16 4 14
    Preparation for Getting a Job 7 1 7
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 43.80% 25.00% 50.00%
    Career Change 5 3 4
    Percent Career Change 31.30% 75.00% 28.60%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 1 0 3
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 6.30% 0.00% 21.40%
    Preparation for Further Education 1 0 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 6.30% 0.00% 0.00%
    Personal Interest 2 0 0
    Percent Personal Interest 12.50% 0.00% 0.00%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 15 4 13
    Before Enrollment 2 0 4
    Percent Before Enrollment 13.30% 0.00% 30.80%
    While Attending the College 6 1 5
    Percent While Attending the College 40.00% 25.00% 38.50%
    After Training at the College 7 3 4
    Percent After Training at the College 46.70% 75.00% 30.80%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 15 4 13
    In College District 12 3 9
    Percent In College District 80.00% 75.00% 69.20%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 0 3
    Percent of In Wisconsin 13.30% 0.00% 23.10%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 1
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 6.70% 25.00% 7.70%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 11 3 9
    Average Monthly Wage $3,201 $3,199 $3,480
    Average Hourly Wage $18.61 $18.60 $20.23
    Average Work Hours per Week 39.2 40 41.8
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2
    Average Hourly Wage $15.50
    Average Work Hours per Week 27
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 49 103
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 6 46
    Total Jobs 55 149
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Accra Care Nursing Assistant Hopkins MN
    American Family Insurance Legal Administrative Coordinator
    Caliber Law SC Litigation Paralegal Oshkosh
    Dept of Safety And Professional Services Paralegal
    Nicholson, Gansner & Otis Paralegal
    Pines Bach Paralegal 2
    QBS Law Firm Paralegal Beaver Dam
    US District Court Care Administrator/Courtroom Deputy
    WisPACT Paralegal

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