Paralegal Studies Program at Mildred Elley

I went into paralegal and decided it was something I was passionate about and that I could make a real difference. It [Mildred Elley’s Paralegal Studies Program] gave me the confidence that I could be successful in a career.”

– Jennifer Hill, Class of 2014


Paralegal Studies at Mildred Elley

If you are interested in criminal proceedings and find the field of law intriguing, consider completing your Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree at Mildred Elley. Paralegals play an integral part in the success of any law firm. Lawyers count on paralegals to assist them with a variety of important tasks such as legal research and case preparation. If working in a law firm sounds rewarding, then enrolling in a Paralegal Studies program is a wonderful first step to entering the legal field.

Our Paralegal Studies program is designed to help you gain the knowledge and training you might need on the pathway to begin your journey!


Paralegal Studies Program and Locations:

One of the most important criteria in choosing a program is proximity to where you live. Most likely you’ll be juggling other personal and professional commitments while attending Paralegal studies courses. If you are asking yourself “Where are paralegal classes near me?”, our Albany and Online campus locations offer the Paralegal A.A.S Degree program:

The A.A.S. degree program in Paralegal Studies at Mildred Elley could prepare you to become a Paralegal and ready you for a career in legal services and related fields. You can also use the Advanced Paralegal Studies program to advance to a four-year degree program.

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Why Choose Mildred Elley for Your Paralegal Studies A.A.S. Degree

Enrolling in Paralegal programs at Mildred Elley is the perfect choice for a student who wants to begin their Paralegal career. You will learn the legal knowledge needed to explore potential career paths in the legal industry.

Mildred Elley’s Paralegal Studies program is designed to teach the processes and procedures to conduct research, maintain documents, gather evidence, write reports, draft legal documents, and file exhibits, briefs, and appeals.

Once completed, graduates of the Paralegal Studies A.A.S. program, students could be able to:

  • Describe the legal system in the United States
  • Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills appropriate for a legal office
  • Demonstrate mastery of technology tools commonly used in legal environments

As part of your Paralegal studies courses at Mildred Elley, you will learn all this and more. During the course, you will learn the ins and outs of the legal field, including the principles of law and fundamentals and how to conduct expert legal research via computer. These Paralegal programs at Mildred Elley can enable you to provide the administrative support needed for crucial resources to legal proceedings by the firm.

To prepare graduates for employment, the Paralegal Studies A.A.S. program at Mildred Elley offers an employer-based internship or clinical experience program. This program allows students to gain hands-on experience and exposes students to a variety of employment opportunities. It’s another great reason to choose Mildred Elley for your Paralegal studies!


What Paralegals Do

Paralegals (who can also be referred to as legal assistants or legal secretaries) perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers. This includes maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents 1. Although no day is the same for a paralegal, they can typically be found doing the following:

  • Help lawyers prepare for hearings, trials, and corporate meetings.
  • Organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing systems
  • Gather electronic discovery such as emails, data, documents, accounting databases, and websites2.

Mildred Elley’s Paralegal program teaches how to plan, direct and coordinate legal services in a law firm, agency, or organization while gaining analytical skills, communication skills, and leadership skills to manage and coordinate administrative duties at an organization.


Paralegal Career Information & Career Outlook

The Paralegal Studies A.A.S. program at Mildred Elley is designed to prepare students for paraprofessional careers in legal services and related fields. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 4 percent from 2022 to 2032, about as fast as the average for all occupations 3.

As law firms try to increase the efficiency of legal services and reduce their costs, they are expected to hire more paralegals and legal assistants. In addition to this, due to the rise of electronic discovery, formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects.


Mildred Elley’s Paralegal Studies Courses

The Paralegal Studies A.A.S. degree program is designed to be 65 credit hours. In our paralegal program, students can find themselves in the following paralegal studies courses:

  • Principles of Digital Literacy
  • Introduction to Paralegal Studies and Civil Litigation
  • Legal Research & Writing I and II
  • Real Estate Law
  • And more!

Don’t forget that the internship opportunity at Mildred Elley (typically completed at the end of the Paralegal program) can gain you invaluable experience in the field. We strive to provide a thorough and challenging Paralegal studies program at Mildred Elley!

Taking your interest in the legal system and turning it into a career is what the A.A.S. degree program at Mildred Elley is all about. Our curriculum is designed to help students gain the knowledge they need in the legal field with classes taught by experienced instructors and hands-on experience in the field through an internship component. Start your Paralegal Studies program at Mildred Elley and get one step closer to a career in the legal field.


Lifetime Job Placement Assistance

There are many potential opportunities for career placement. After graduating from Mildred Elley with a degree in Paralegal Studies, enjoy our lifetime job placement assistance and get ready to pursue a rewarding career as a Paralegal or Legal Assistant.



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Available Campuses

Paralegal Studies Courses are offered at our Albany and Online campuses!



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