Legal Studies/Paralegal

Associate Degree

Program Number: 101101

Credits: 60

Area of Study: Law, Protective and Human Services

Delivery Method:
100% Online*
Some Online / Some In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $8,460.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
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$923.10
Other Costs
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$0.00
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Total Estimated Program Costs*:
Overview

The two-year associate degree Legal Studies/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 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. 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 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 Paralegal program can attend full or part-time.

Paralegal classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

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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 Madison College. 

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 2021-2022 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.

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
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.
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.
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.
Outcomes

Madison College Legal Studies/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 our District.

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
  • 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

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    201820192020
    Number of Program Graduates161710
    Number of Surveys Sent161710
    Number of Surveys Returned14167
    Percent of Surveys Returned87.5%94.1%70.0%
    Available for Employment14157
    Percent Available for Employment100.0%93.8%100.0%
    Not in Labor Market010
    Percent Not in Labor Market0.0%6.3%0.0%
    Available for Employment

    201820192020
    Graduates Employed13145
    Percent of Graduates Employed92.9%93.3%71.4%
    Employed in Related Occupation11115
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation84.6%78.6%100.0%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation230
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation15.4%21.4%0.0%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment112
    Percent Seeking Employment7.1%6.7%28.6%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    201820192020
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.53.63.4
    Number of Satisfaction Responses14167
    Very Satisfied (4)9105
    Percent Very Satisfied64.3%62.5%71.4%
    Satisfied (3)451
    Percent Satisfied28.6%31.3%14.3%
    Unsatisfied (2)010
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%6.3%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)101
    Percent Very Unsatisfied7.1%0.0%14.3%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    201820192020
    Number of Primary Reason Responses14167
    Preparation for Getting a Job772
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job50.0%43.8%28.6%
    Career Change452
    Percent Career Change28.6%31.3%28.6%
    Improvement of Existing Skills332
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills21.4%18.8%28.6%
    Preparation for Further Education001
    Percent Preparation for Further Education0.0%0.0%14.3%
    Personal Interest010
    Percent Personal Interest0.0%6.3%0.0%
    Other000
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    201820192020
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses13145
    Before Enrollment442
    Percent Before Enrollment30.8%28.6%40.0%
    While Attending the College582
    Percent While Attending the College38.5%57.1%40.0%
    After Training at the College421
    Percent After Training at the College30.8%14.3%20.0%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    201820192020
    Number of Employment Location Responses13145
    In College District9114
    Percent In College District69.2%78.6%80.0%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District331
    Percent of In Wisconsin23.1%21.4%20.0%
    Outside of Wisconsin100
    Percent Outside Wisconsin7.7%0.0%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count9105
    Average Monthly Wage$3,480$3,393$3,034
    Average Hourly Wage$20.23$19.73$17.64
    Average Work Hours per Week41.840.940.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
    Average Hourly Wage$16.00
    Average Work Hours per Week32.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Alicia C Armstrong Law Office LLC Immigration Paralegal Sun Prairie
    Anderson & O'Connell, SC Paralegal
    Dept of Natural Resources Division Open Records Coordinator
    Frontier Title and Closing LLC Title Examiner Hartland
    Krause Donovan Estate Law Partners Paralegal Oregon
    Neider & Boucher, SC Paralegal
    NeuGen, LLC IT Procurement Coordinator
    Nicholson, Gansner & Otis Paralegal
    Sauk County Judicial Assistant Baraboo
    Toppers Pizza, Inc Director of Real Estate & Legal Whitewater
    WR Stewart & Associates SC Office Administrator/Paralegal

    * - 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