Paralegals perform a variety of tasks* to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research and drafting documents, and helping them prepare for hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. They typically work in law firms, corporate legal departments, and governmental agencies.

Most paralegals and legal assistants have at least an associates degree or a certificate in paralegal studies.

The Moraine Valley paralegal program is offered at the Southwest Education Center in Tinley Park

*Paralegals do not set legal fees, give legal advice or represent clients in court proceedings.

This program prepares students to perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers.

Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 12% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

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