Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), our Paralegal program includes skilled instructors and 40 years of educational excellence. This program gives students the tools to begin careers in private law firms, corporate legal departments, or government agencies.
Read more about what paralegals do in this article from the American Bar Association (ABA) .
What Is the Paralegal’s Role in the Legal Profession?
What Will I Learn?
The JCCC program will prepare you for a successful career as a paralegal. You will learn to investigate, draft legal documents, and research legal precedent under the direction and supervision of an attorney.
You can take one of two options in our ABA-approved paralegal program. If you have an associate of arts, associate of science, bachelor’s, or graduate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, then our Paralegal Certificate option is the path for you. If you do not yet have a qualifying degree or want to earn an additional degree, then check out our Associate of Arts with Emphasis in Paralegal option.
JCCC’s Paralegal program takes a practical approach to law and education. As you learn the fundamentals of the law, you also will put what you have learned into practice. Assignments mimic real-world experiences paralegals might encounter.
You will have the opportunity to build an online portfolio to show future employers. The program also helps you develop research, writing, analysis, and communication skills.
Paralegals may not provide legal service directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
JCCC is dedicated to providing our Paralegal students with the highest quality education. Students will find many advantages to pursuing an education in JCCC’s Paralegal program.
Flexibility: Class times are compatible with the needs of working professionals. Many classes are offered online or on campus in the late afternoon and early evening. This allows students to plan Paralegal courses around their busy schedules.
Qualified Instructors: All of our full-time instructors have juris doctor degrees, and our adjunct instructors are practicing paralegals or attorneys. You will have the opportunity to talk with legal experts, such as representatives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as watch the legal process at work when the Kansas Court of Appeals hears oral arguments at JCCC. A great way to network is by completing a paralegal internship or joining one of the local paralegal professional organizations.
Advisory Board: The Paralegal program’s advisory board is made up of educators, and of paralegals and attorneys from local governmental and private sectors. The board monitors the program and provides insight on emerging trends and opportunities in the field, helping to ensure the program is current, well-designed, and student-focused.
Career Development: All JCCC students have access to our Career Development Center. The center helps students build resumes and prepare for interviews. The Paralegal program also maintains an electronic job posting system so that students and alumni can be notified when interested employers are seeking to hire paralegals or other law-related positions.
New! Beginning Fall 2020, we now offer online hybrid courses for students who want the best of both worlds:
- Real-time interaction with faculty and fellow students on a regular basis.
- Flexibility to login to class sessions from remote locations and to submit class assignments, projects, and tests online.
Online hybrid courses are taught live online, meaning synchronous (real-time) interaction with your professors and fellow students in an online environment. We are excited about this new opportunity and look forward to serving the needs of our students and the legal community in providing this new option, along with the existing course format options students that students already enjoy.
JCCC Paralegal Program Goals
Our graduates should be able to demonstrate:
Competency in the fundamental principles and procedures relating to the major areas of law in the United States;
An understanding of the ethical standards of the legal profession;
Effective general and legal technology skills;
Effective communication skills used in a legal setting;
The ability to collaborate effectively in a legal setting; and
The ability to retrieve, evaluate, and apply legal authority.