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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
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 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.
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.Paralegalhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1fn4DRtgQs
- 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 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.
Madison College Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate 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 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:
- 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
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
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
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