As a legal support professional, you will work directly under the supervision of a lawyer. In your role, you could be responsible for a variety of activities including: background work for case prep, preparation for trial, and research to identify the appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles and other material. You may prepare a written report that is used by the attorney to decide how the case should be handled, along with preparing legal arguments or pleadings. Other responsibilities could include investigation, photography, process serving, obtaining affidavits and keeping files of all documents and correspondence important to the case. Secretarial services are normally required as well.
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In this field, it is estimated you could earn $47,100 a year.
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- Legal Assistant
- File Clerk
- Administrative Assistant
At Delta, you get small classes, professors who see your potential and resources to help you succeed. Delta professors are here to teach. And, they're really good at it.
About Delta's Program
We work closely with area law firms, government offices and businesses to determine employer needs. Many employers prefer individuals who have received training and can balance the duties of a traditional paralegal with that of a legal support office professional. Delta’s Legal Support Professional degree and/or certificates often meet those needs.
- Our LSP courses are generally taught by area practicing attorneys or paralegals with extensive backgrounds in the law with the State of Michigan.
- We utilize readily available Internet resources so you can develop your skills and replicate those at home or in your place of employment.
- Our coordinator is a State of Michigan licensed attorney with over 18 years of experience.
The Delta College program is a good first step in gaining experience in legal topics, and also provides specific legal content for individuals currently working in the field that want to enhance their skills
Why you should choose Delta
Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes at night, on weekends and online to make taking classes and getting that degree easier. Plus, Delta has learning centers so you can take classes even closer to home.
At the Teaching Learning Center, located in the Library, we offer tutoring on a wide variety of subjects, and help with developing study and learning skills. Most tutoring is on a walk-in basis but we do have some online tutoring options.
Best of all, it's free for currently enrolled Delta students. Just another way we demonstrate our commitment to helping students succeed.
Facts & Figures
The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget has projected a 15.5% job growth rate for paralegals and legal assistants in the state of Michigan from 2010 to 2020.
In May 2011 the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4,760 paralegals and legal assistants in Michigan, which had grown to 5,340 by May of 2014.
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