The two-year associate degree Paralegal program will prepare you for highly responsible entry-level paralegal positions. You will take courses that provide you with basic competencies, including:
- 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 Madison College’s Paralegal program, you will be qualified for employment by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity to perform designated and 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.
The Paralegal program will prepare you for a good job and with the associate degree, you can transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your own career path.
Students in the Paralegal program can attend full or part time.
Paralegal classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.
- Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
- Attend an Academic Information 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.
Prospective program students. the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2017-2018 academic year. To learn more about Madison College visit Madison College .
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 .
Prior to start of program
Madison College Paralegal 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 Paralegal associate degree at Madison Area Technical College 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: