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Within six months of graduation.
Program Number: 101101
Area of Study: Law, Protective and Human Services
Financial Aid Available
Estimated Program Cost:
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
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 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.
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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- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.
- Attend an Advising, Application, Information & More (AAIM) Session to get started in the admission process.
- Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC.
Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.
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 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.
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 SchoolsDetailsStudents 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.DetailsPer 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.DetailsEntering 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.DetailsA 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.DetailsStudents 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.DetailsStudent 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.DetailsAny 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.DetailsThe 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.DetailsStudents 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 SchoolsDetailsStudents 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.DetailsPer 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.DetailsStudents 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.DetailsA 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.DetailsStudents 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.DetailsStudents 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.
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.
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
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:
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2017 2018 2019 Number of Program Graduates 5 16 17 Number of Surveys Sent 5 16 17 Number of Surveys Returned 4 14 16 Percent of Surveys Returned 80.00% 87.50% 94.10% Available for Employment 4 14 15 Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 93.80% Not in Labor Market 0 0 1 Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 6.30% Available for Employment
2017 2018 2019 Graduates Employed 4 13 14 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 92.90% 93.30% Employed in Related Occupation 3 11 11 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 75.00% 84.60% 78.60% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 2 3 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 25.00% 15.40% 21.40% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 0 1 1 Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 7.10% 6.70% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2017 2018 2019 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.5 3.6 Number of Satisfaction Responses 4 14 16 Very Satisfied (4) 2 9 10 Percent Very Satisfied 50.00% 64.30% 62.50% Satisfied (3) 2 4 5 Percent Satisfied 50.00% 28.60% 31.30% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 1 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 6.30% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 1 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 7.10% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2017 2018 2019 Number of Primary Reason Responses 4 14 16 Preparation for Getting a Job 1 7 7 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 25.00% 50.00% 43.80% Career Change 3 4 5 Percent Career Change 75.00% 28.60% 31.30% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 3 3 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 21.40% 18.80% Preparation for Further Education 0 0 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Personal Interest 0 0 1 Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 6.30% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2017 2018 2019 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 4 13 14 Before Enrollment 0 4 4 Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 30.80% 28.60% While Attending the College 1 5 8 Percent While Attending the College 25.00% 38.50% 57.10% After Training at the College 3 4 2 Percent After Training at the College 75.00% 30.80% 14.30% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2017 2018 2019 Number of Employment Location Responses 4 13 14 In College District 3 9 11 Percent In College District 75.00% 69.20% 78.60% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 3 3 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 23.10% 21.40% Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 25.00% 7.70% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2017 2018 2019 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 3 9 10 Average Monthly Wage $3,199 $3,480 $3,393 Average Hourly Wage $18.60 $20.23 $19.73 Average Work Hours per Week 40 41.8 40.9 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 Average Hourly Wage $16.00 Average Work Hours per Week 32
- 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
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