School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m - 4:30 p.m. 

CALL: (608) 246-6003 ext. 8
FAX: (608) 243-4754

Paralegal Program

Protective Services Education Building 208
1701 Pearson Street
Madison WI 53704

Norma Kropp, ACP, SBWCP
Program Director

CALL: (608) 246-6520

Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 311101


The Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate program will prepare you for highly responsible entry-level paralegal positions. This one-year technical diploma will provide you with basic competencies that include: 

  • 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 MATC's Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate program, you will be qualified for employment by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity to perform specifically designated 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

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 Post-Baccalaureate 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.



To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • 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.

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. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 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.

Prior to start of first semester

First Semester

Second Semester

Other Program-Related Courses


Madison College Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Program graduates are prepared to:

  1. Apply ethical principles in a legal environment.
  2. Process legal documents.
  3. Perform legal research.
  4. Apply critical thinking skills to address legal issues.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism in a legal environment.

Madison Area Technical College offers the only ABA-approved paralegal program in Madison, Wis.


Earning your technical diploma in Madison College's Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate program 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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