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PARALEGAL STUDIES DEGREE

Earning a paralegal studies degree can help pave the way to a long and rewarding career in the public or private sector. Motivated professionals who successfully complete the requirements to earn their paralegal associate degrees are prepared to enter the workforce immediately after graduation, becoming valuable resources for their employers from the start.

MacCormac College, training paralegals to succeed in the workforce since 1973.

HEAR FROM THE PARALEGAL STUDIES CHICAGO PROGRAM DIRECTOR

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A PARALEGAL STUDIES DEGREE?

Whether you choose to pursue paralegal program, you will learn the skills to work as a paralegal in a variety of settings.

Paralegals play important roles supporting attorneys in law offices of all sizes and in all legal practice areas. Yet they are also key members of corporate legal departments for public and private companies large and small.

Paralegals also often work in real estate offices, title companies, insurance companies and legal aid organizations. Another common career path for trained paralegals is working in government offices or in state or federal courthouses.

Please note that paralegals may not practice law or otherwise provide legal advice or services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

WHY EARN AN PARALEGAL ASSOCIATE DEGREE? 

Attending a paralegal school gives busy adults an opportunity to pursue their college degrees while still managing other responsibilities. When opting for a reputable paralegal degree program, students can be confident they are getting the same education they would receive in a classroom setting — without the hassle of commuting to or from campus. 

When you earn a paralegal degree, you don’t need to put your career aspirations on hold to handle today’s obligations. 

WHY CHOOSE MACCORMAC COLLEGE’S PARALEGAL PROGRAM? 

At MacCormac College, we understand what it takes to succeed as a paralegal. In fact, the paralegal studies program at MacCormac College was the first two-year degree program of its kind in Illinois. Our paralegal associate degree programs are designed to provide relevant knowledge and practical skills that today’s legal employers demand.

When evaluating paralegal programs, American Bar Association (ABA) approval matters. Prospective students can proceed confidently knowing that MacCormac College’s paralegal studies major is a fully accredited and approved paralegal degree program. 

WHAT SKILLS DO STUDENTS IN A PARALEGAL SCHOOL LEARN?

MacCormac College’s paralegal program teaches future legal professionals the skills needed to meet the demands of the legal community. When you earn a paralegal degree, you will learn how to: 

  • Understand and use legal terminology effectively
  • Prepare and interpret legal documents
  • Conduct thorough legal research
  • Communicate effectively with attorneys, clients and the courts
  • Use legal reasoning and analyze issues with a critical eye

WHAT IS THE EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK FOR PARALEGAL PROGRAM GRADUATES? 

Graduates of MacCormac College’s paralegal associate degree can earn competitive salaries working as paralegals or legal assistants. The median annual wage nationwide as of May 2019 was $51,740. The annual mean wage for paralegals employed in Illinois was higher, at $59,960. 

This is also a career with projected continued growth in job openings. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that the field will grow at a rate of 10% between 2019 and 2029 — much faster than the average of all other occupations.

PARALEGAL ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAM GOALS 

MacCormac College is committed to ensuring students enrolled in its paralegal degree program experience the same outcome as traditional, on-campus degree-seekers. Our program goals include the following:

  • Attract and train students who will be able to work effectively as paralegals after graduation.
  • Encourage the development of critical thinking, organizational, technological and communication skills.
  • Ensure the paralegal program remains up to date and competitive.
  • Foster community engagement through volunteer opportunities, internships, externships and networking.
  • Hire and retain faculty committed to academic excellence.