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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
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Paralegal Program


Protective Services Education Building 208
1701 Pearson Street
Madison WI 53704

Norma Kropp, ACP, SBWCP
Program Director

CALL: (608) 246-6520
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Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 311101

Overview

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.

Gainful Employment Disclosure - 2019

  • This program is designed to be completed in 32 weeks.
  • This program will cost $4,026 if completed within normal time.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt.
  • Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: Wisconsin

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

Paralegal


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 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.

Prior to start of first semester

First Semester

10-110-101

3 credits


10-110-102

3 credits


10-110-104

3 credits


10-110-141

3 credits



Second Semester

10-110-105

3 credits


10-110-142

3 credits



10-110-122

3 credits


10-110-106

3 credits


Other Program-Related Courses

10-110-110

3 credits


10-110-115

3 credits


10-110-168

3 credits


10-110-171

3 credits


10-110-160

3 credits


10-110-103

3 credits


10-110-173

3 credits


10-110-108

3 credits



Outcomes

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.

Careers

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

If you're interested in a career in Paralegal, you'll want to look closely at career data:

Local professional organizations that offer student and professional memberships:

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    30
    Tuition
    $4095.00
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $431.70
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
    $4526.70
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 30 28 23
    Number of Surveys Sent 30 28 23
    Number of Surveys Returned 28 26 19
    Percent of Surveys Returned 93.30% 92.90% 82.60%
    Available for Employment 28 25 15
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 96.20% 83.30%
    Not in Labor Market 0 1 4
    Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 3.80% 22.20%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 26 22 14
    Percent of Graduates Employed 92.90% 88.00% 93.30%
    Employed in Related Occupation 22 16 14
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 84.60% 72.70% 100.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 4 6 0
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 15.40% 27.30% 0.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 2 3 1
    Percent Seeking Employment 7.10% 12.00% 6.70%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.7 3.5 3.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 28 25 18
    Very Satisfied 22 16 11
    Percent Very Satisfied 78.60% 64.00% 61.10%
    Satisfied 5 7 6
    Percent Satisfied 17.90% 28.00% 33.30%
    Unsatisfied 0 1 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 4.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 1 1 1
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 3.60% 4.00% 5.60%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 28 26 19
    Preparation for Getting a Job 8 11 7
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 28.60% 42.30% 36.80%
    Career Change 12 11 4
    Percent Career Change 42.90% 42.30% 21.10%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 7 2 3
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 25.00% 7.70% 15.80%
    Preparation for Further Education 0 1 4
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 3.80% 21.10%
    Personal Interest 1 1 1
    Percent Personal Interest 3.60% 3.80% 5.30%
    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 26 22 13
    Before Enrollment 7 5 4
    Percent Before Enrollment 26.90% 22.70% 30.80%
    While Attending the College 6 6 4
    Percent While Attending the College 23.10% 27.30% 30.80%
    After Training at the College 13 11 5
    Percent After Training at the College 50.00% 50.00% 38.50%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 26 22 14
    In College District 20 21 11
    Percent In College District 76.90% 95.50% 78.60%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 3 1 1
    Percent of In Wisconsin 11.50% 4.50% 7.10%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 2
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 3.80% 0.00% 14.30%
    Employer Location Unknown 2 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 7.70% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 18 15 14
    Average Monthly Wage $3,365 $3,330 $3,386
    Average Hourly Wage $19.56 $19.36 $19.69
    Average Work Hours per Week 40.1 39.8 43.6
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2
    Average Hourly Wage $8.63
    Average Work Hours per Week 21
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 2 1
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 0 0
    Total Jobs 2 1
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Annen Roetter LLC Legal Assistant
    Axley Brynelson Legal Assistant 2
    Dept of Financial Institutions Paralegal
    Dept of Justice Office Of The Solicitor General
    Dept of Natural Resources Open Records Coordinator
    Foley and Lardner Intellectual Property Legal Assistant
    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP Intellectual Property Administrator Waukesha
    Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg Legal Secretary Chicago IL
    Strang Bradley LLC Paralegal
    Tammy Baldwin Reelection Camp Deputy Director of Compliance & Operations
    Winner, Wixson & Pernitz Legal Assistant
    Wis Department Of Justice Legal Associate
    Yost & Baill LLP Paralegal Minneapolis MN

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - 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 techconnect@madisoncollege.edu