Paralegal

$41k

Annual Salary

Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $40,716.

95%

Job Placement

Within six months of graduation.

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 - $8,334.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
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$908.10
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 9 credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses in person, online live or classroom live.

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 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 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
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 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 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

    201720182019
    Number of Program Graduates51617
    Number of Surveys Sent51617
    Number of Surveys Returned41416
    Percent of Surveys Returned80.00%87.50%94.10%
    Available for Employment41415
    Percent Available for Employment100.00%100.00%93.80%
    Not in Labor Market001
    Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%0.00%6.30%
    Available for Employment

    201720182019
    Graduates Employed41314
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%92.90%93.30%
    Employed in Related Occupation31111
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation75.00%84.60%78.60%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation123
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation25.00%15.40%21.40%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Seeking Employment011
    Percent Seeking Employment0.00%7.10%6.70%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    201720182019
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.53.53.6
    Number of Satisfaction Responses41416
    Very Satisfied (4)2910
    Percent Very Satisfied50.00%64.30%62.50%
    Satisfied (3)245
    Percent Satisfied50.00%28.60%31.30%
    Unsatisfied (2)001
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%6.30%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)010
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%7.10%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    201720182019
    Number of Primary Reason Responses41416
    Preparation for Getting a Job177
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job25.00%50.00%43.80%
    Career Change345
    Percent Career Change75.00%28.60%31.30%
    Improvement of Existing Skills033
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%21.40%18.80%
    Preparation for Further Education000
    Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Personal Interest001
    Percent Personal Interest0.00%0.00%6.30%
    Other000
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    201720182019
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses41314
    Before Enrollment044
    Percent Before Enrollment0.00%30.80%28.60%
    While Attending the College158
    Percent While Attending the College25.00%38.50%57.10%
    After Training at the College342
    Percent After Training at the College75.00%30.80%14.30%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    201720182019
    Number of Employment Location Responses41314
    In College District3911
    Percent In College District75.00%69.20%78.60%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District033
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%23.10%21.40%
    Outside of Wisconsin110
    Percent Outside Wisconsin25.00%7.70%0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count3910
    Average Monthly Wage$3,199 $3,480 $3,393
    Average Hourly Wage$18.60 $20.23 $19.73
    Average Work Hours per Week4041.840.9
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
    Average Hourly Wage$16.00
    Average Work Hours per Week32
  • 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