2+2 for students who complete the Legal Assisting Technology Program
This program is designed for students who have completed the associate degree in legal assisting and who wish to attend law school or pursue any career - either traditional of nontraditional- which requires paralegal skills or a paralegal background. Some examples of career opportunities for graduates of our program are internal revenue officer, clerk of courts, veterans claims examiner, and computer litigation support.
All required courses in the legal assisting program (68 hours) count toward the baccalaureate requirements. After transferring the legal assisting credits, the bachelor of science student needs to complete the General Education Program requirements and the Business Core.
Legal Assisting Technology Associate Degree
Legal assistants perform many tasks under the supervision of attorneys, Their responsibilities may include legal and factual research, interviewing clients and witnesses, reviewing and organizing material for cases, drafting legal documents and forms, and functioning as a member of a legal team.
Jobs for the legal assistant vary in scope and nature from small to large law firms, financial institutions, corporations, law courts, insurance agencies, banks, department stores, credit departments, and health care facilities. It is one of the fastest growing areas of employment in the United States today.
A paralegal's job title may reflect the type of law practiced by their employer (i.e., administrative law, banking, bankruptcy, or corporate paralegal). Paralegals are also employed in the areas of criminal, domestic relations, employee benefits, environmental, family, health care, insurance, oil and gas, and workers' compensation law as well as in estate planning and litigation.
Positions in the federal government which may require a paralegal background include: clerk of courts, civil service retirement claims examiner, compliance inspector, contract representative, criminal investigator, customs inspector, customs patrol officer, dependents and estates claims examiner, equal opportunity assistant, general claims examiner, insurance examiner, internal revenue officer, legal clerk, mediator, railroad retirement claims examiner, securities compliance examiner, social insurance claims examiner, veterans claims examiner, and workers' compensation claims examiner.
Nontraditional career positions which require either paralegal skills or a paralegal background, but may or may not utilize the terms "paralegal" or "legal assistant" include: administrative assistant, care manager coordinator, case manager, computer litigation support, executive assistant, human resources staff analyst, legal research aide, litigation manager, project coordinator, resource coordinator, and title clerk.
Goals of the program
The legal assisting program has clearly established goals designed to meet the unique needs of our students, potential employers of our graduates, and the mission of Shawnee State University. Our goals are as follows: (1) to graduate ethically responsible legal assistants who are conscious of the prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law; (2) to create and maintain a program responsive to the needs of its constituency; (3) to strive to qualify graduates who will contribute to the advancement of the profession, rather than to serve only the purposes of one institution or locality; and (4) to develop the student's sensitivity to emerging concepts regarding the role of the legal assistant in the effective delivery of legal services in both the private and public section of our society.
The legal assisting courses at Shawnee State are not theory courses, but rather practical "how to" courses taught by attorneys and judges who have specialized in the area in which they teach.