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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.

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 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.

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
    $4026.00
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $424.50
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Program Costs:
    $4450.50
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 27 30 28
    Number of Surveys Sent 27 30 28
    Number of Surveys Returned 21 28 26
    Percent of Surveys Returned 77.80% 93.30% 92.90%
    Available for Employment 20 28 25
    Percent Available for Employment 95.20% 100.00% 96.20%
    Not in Labor Market 1 0 1
    Percent Not in Labor Market 4.80% 0.00% 3.80%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 19 26 22
    Percent of Graduates Employed 95.00% 92.90% 88.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 9 22 16
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 47.40% 84.60% 72.70%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 10 4 6
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 52.60% 15.40% 27.30%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 1 2 3
    Percent Seeking Employment 5.00% 7.10% 12.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.7 3.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 21 28 25
    Very Satisfied 11 22 16
    Percent Very Satisfied 52.40% 78.60% 64.00%
    Satisfied 9 5 7
    Percent Satisfied 42.90% 17.90% 28.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 1
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 4.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 1 1 1
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 4.80% 3.60% 4.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 21 28 26
    Preparation for Getting a Job 6 8 11
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 28.60% 28.60% 42.30%
    Career Change 8 12 11
    Percent Career Change 38.10% 42.90% 42.30%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 3 7 2
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 14.30% 25.00% 7.70%
    Preparation for Further Education 1 0 1
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 4.80% 0.00% 3.80%
    Personal Interest 1 1 1
    Percent Personal Interest 4.80% 3.60% 3.80%
    Other 2 0 0
    Percent Other 9.50% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 19 26 22
    Before Enrollment 8 7 5
    Percent Before Enrollment 42.10% 26.90% 22.70%
    While Attending the College 2 6 6
    Percent While Attending the College 10.50% 23.10% 27.30%
    After Training at the College 9 13 11
    Percent After Training at the College 47.40% 50.00% 50.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 19 26 22
    In College District 14 20 21
    Percent In College District 73.70% 76.90% 95.50%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 3 3 1
    Percent of In Wisconsin 15.80% 11.50% 4.50%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 3.80% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 2 2 0
    Percent Location Unknown 10.50% 7.70% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 7 18 15
    Average Monthly Wage $3,023 $3,365 $3,330
    Average Hourly Wage $17.58 $19.56 $19.36
    Average Work Hours per Week 40 40.1 39.8
    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: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open
    Number of Part Time Positions Open
    Total Jobs
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Annen Roetter LLC Legal Assistant
    Axley Brynelson LLP Legal Assistant
    Bartelt Grob Legal Assistant Middleton
    Casimir Jones IP Paralegal Assistant Middleton
    Dept of Justice Paralegal
    Dept of Natural Resources Paralegal/Open Records Coordinator
    Division of Hearings & Appeals Legal Associate
    Jeff Scott Olson Law Firm Paralegal
    Johnen Law Offices Paralegal
    LaRowe, Gerlach & Roy Legal Assistant Reedsburg
    Murphy Desmond S.C. Legal Assistant
    PFS Clinical Senior Clinical Research Contracts And Compliance Analyst
    Preferred Title LLC Title Examiner
    Smith Law Office Paralegal
    WEA Trust Paralegal

    * - 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