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Law Office Foundation

Advanced Certificate

Program Overview

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.

Earning Potential

Interested in a career in law? Learn more about our region’s employment outlook and career opportunities you can pursue in this field of study.

Perform clerical duties in court of law, prepare docket of cases to be called, secure information for judges and contact witnesses, attorneys and litigants to obtain information for court.

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are currently employed within Bay, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.

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of current workers will reach retirement age within the next ten years.

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File correspondence, cards, invoices, receipts and other records in alphabetical or numerical order or according to the filing system used. Locate and remove material from file when requested.

median annual salary
annual job openings

are currently employed within Bay, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.

This number is expected to over the next four years.

of current workers will reach retirement age within the next ten years.

Visit Career Coach for more details.

Map of Michigan with Delta College's region highlighted.

Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents or researching legal precedent. Conduct research in order to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense or to initiate legal action.

median annual salary
annual job openings

are currently employed within Bay, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.

This number is expected to over the next four years.

of current workers will reach retirement age within the next ten years.

Visit Career Coach for more details.

Map of Michigan with Delta College's region highlighted.

About Delta's Program

We work closely with area law firms, government offices and businesses to determine employer needs. The State of Michigan does not require a bachelor’s degree in legal studies for an individual to practice as a paralegal, but 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.

Plus, individuals interested in law school do not need to apply with a "pre-law" degree. Law schools choose candidates from a variety of bachelor degree backgrounds. 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.

Internships are often available in this field.

Program costs

Total credits: 32

Fee Cost
In-district tuition and fees $3,768
Out-district tuition and fees $6,024
Books and supplies $2,080

*Program costs listed are estimated and are subject to change at any time. Students will receive final costs at the time of course registration each semester.

Why you should choose Delta

Convenience

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.  

Explore Your Options

 
Free tutoring

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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT TUTORING

Study abroad

Want to travel and see the world? You can do that at Delta. And get college credit while you do. Every year Delta offers study abroad opportunities.

Why study abroad?

  • Experience a new culture.
  • Improve your foreign language skills.
  • Make lifelong friends.
  • Find new interests.
  • Looks good on job applications.
  • Personal growth.

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FACTS & FIGURES

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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.

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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.