Associate Degree in Applied Science
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
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 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.
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.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.
- Attend an Academic Information 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 2019-2020 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.10-110-1751 credits10-110-1013 credits10-110-1413 credits10-110-1733 credits10-801-1953 credits10-809-1993 credits10-110-1023 credits10-110-1043 credits10-801-1963 credits10-809-1973 credits10-110-1143 credits10-110-1053 credits10-110-1063 credits10-110-1762 credits10-110-1223 credits10-804-1233 credits10-110-1073 credits10-110-1423 credits10-809-1663 credits10-110-1033 credits10-110-1683 credits10-110-1103 credits10-110-1153 credits10-110-1603 credits10-110-1713 credits10-110-1082-3 credits
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.
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
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:
Estimated Program Cost
# of Credits for Completion60Tuition$8190.00Materials/Supplemental Costs$858.90Other Costs$0.00Total Estimated Program Costs:
(book costs not included)$9048.90
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
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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