The Paralegal Program will cease operation at the end of Summer Quarter 2012. Effective immediately, students will not be admitted to the program unless they have sufficient prior college credits to ensure they can complete a program degree or certificate by Summer 2012.
ABA approval will be withdrawn February 2013, but students must complete all (both paralegal and non-paralegal) required courses for the Paralegal degree or certificate by the end of Summer Quarter 2012.
To determine if you have enough college credits to be admitted for degree or certificate purposes, contact the Counseling Office 416-7654 or the Paralegal Program 416-7774 no later than September 1, 2011.
Prepare yourself for success in one of the fastest growing career fields in the nation. Our exceptional American Bar Association approved curriculum fully prepares you for the paralegal profession. Enroll today and take your place in this exciting field.
Your Program Options
Whether you are new to paralegal or a working professional in the field, SVC's program is designed to meet your needs. The department offers three options for study.
Associate in Technical Arts degree
Certificate in Paralegal Studies for those who have a bachelors degree or junior standing
Continuing Legal Education for working legal support professionals who want to upgrade their skills
You May Study
Law & the Legal System
Legal Research & Writing
Law Office Management
Estate Planning & Probate
Real Estate Practice
Computer-Assisted Legal Research
Why Skagit Valley College?
American Bar Association approved curriculum
Highly qualified faculty of experienced attorneys & paralegals
Internships with attorneys give you hands-on experience
Member of the American Assoc. for Paralegal Education
Employment opportunities are growing for those who are multilingual and multicultural, especially with Spanish language ability and/or a background in Latino cultures.
A fast growing career field, the paralegal job market is also highly competitive. You will be encouraged to conduct job searches beyond the local legal community. Some students continue their education with a bachelor's degree at a four-year college to enhance employment opportunities.
As a paralegal, you will provide legal services under the supervision and direction of an attorney. Your career choices include working in law firms, government agencies and corporations. Your duties will include drafting pleadings, summarizing depositions, indexing documents, conducting legal research, interviewing clients and witnesses, and assisting at trial.
Please note: paralegals do not practice law or provide legal advice. They are paraprofessionals who work with approved legal professionals such as attorneys.
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