Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate


Annual Salary

Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $41,352.


Job Placement

Within six months of graduation.

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 311101

Credits: 30

Area of Study: Law, Protective and Human Services

Delivery Method:
100% Online*
Some Online / Some In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $4,167.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

The Legal Studies/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 9 credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses in person, online live or classroom live. 

Upon completion of MATC's Legal Studies/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 Legal Studies/Paralegal program by taking day, evening, online, online live, or classroom live classes. Evening classes typically run from 5:30 to 8:20 pm. Saturday and summer classes are also offered.

Students in the Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate program can attend full or part time.

Paralegal classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

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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. 


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


Madison College Legal Studies/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 our district.


Earning your technical diploma in Madison College's Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate program prepares you for valuable work as a:

  • Case Administration Specialist
  • Compliance Officer
  • Contract Administrator
  • Conveyance Examiner
  • Corporation Paralegal
  • Disability Claims Specialist
  • Freelance Paralegal
  • Law Office Manager
  • Law Office Paralegal
  • Legal Aid Office Paralegal
  • Licensing Manager
  • Paralegal Supervisor
  • Plan Intake Coordinator
  • Public/Government Paralegal
  • Real Estate Paralegal
  • Trust Department Paralegal
  • Victim/Witness Advocate

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates282328
    Number of Surveys Sent282328
    Number of Surveys Returned261923
    Percent of Surveys Returned92.90%82.60%82.10%
    Available for Employment251519
    Percent Available for Employment96.20%78.90%82.60%
    Not in Labor Market144
    Percent Not in Labor Market3.80%21.10%17.40%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed221418
    Percent of Graduates Employed88.00%93.30%94.70%
    Employed in Related Occupation161416
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation72.70%100.00%88.90%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation601
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation27.30%0.00%5.60%
    Employed - No Response001
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%5.60%
    Seeking Employment311
    Percent Seeking Employment12.00%6.70%5.30%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses251823
    Very Satisfied (4)161116
    Percent Very Satisfied64.00%61.10%69.60%
    Satisfied (3)766
    Percent Satisfied28.00%33.30%26.10%
    Unsatisfied (2)100
    Percent Unsatisfied4.00%0.00%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)111
    Percent Very Unsatisfied4.00%5.60%4.30%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses261923
    Preparation for Getting a Job11711
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job42.30%36.80%47.80%
    Career Change1146
    Percent Career Change42.30%21.10%26.10%
    Improvement of Existing Skills235
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills7.70%15.80%21.70%
    Preparation for Further Education140
    Percent Preparation for Further Education3.80%21.10%0.00%
    Personal Interest111
    Percent Personal Interest3.80%5.30%4.30%
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses221317
    Before Enrollment542
    Percent Before Enrollment22.70%30.80%11.80%
    While Attending the College648
    Percent While Attending the College27.30%30.80%47.10%
    After Training at the College1157
    Percent After Training at the College50.00%38.50%41.20%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses221418
    In College District211115
    Percent In College District95.50%78.60%83.30%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District112
    Percent of In Wisconsin4.50%7.10%11.10%
    Outside of Wisconsin021
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%14.30%5.60%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count151415
    Average Monthly Wage$3,330 $3,386 $3,446
    Average Hourly Wage$19.36 $19.69 $20.04
    Average Work Hours per Week39.843.640.4
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Axley Brynelson Llp Administrative Assistant
    Axley Brynelson Llp Legal Assistant
    Axley Brynelson Llp Paralegal
    Cyclomedia Technologies, Inc Data Extraction Analyst Middleton
    Dane County District Attorney Paralegal
    Dept of Justice Legal Associate 2
    Extreme Engineering Solutions Contract Administrator Verona
    Fairway Independent Mortgage Legal Assistant
    Foley and Lardner Administrative Assistant
    Foley and Lardner IP Legal Assistant
    Hurley Burish, SC Paralegal
    Krause Donovan Estate Law Partners Paralegal Oregon
    Legal Action of Wisconsin Paralegal
    Schuk Law, LLC Paralegal Lake Geneva
    UW Hospital Deputy Public Records Custodian

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    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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