Moraine Valley Community College is offering a new Associate in Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies beginning this fall.

With this degree, students can earn entry-level employment in the legal profession, where they will support lawyers and judges by maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research and drafting documents, and helping them prepare for hearings, trials and corporate meetings, all tasks that require knowledge of the law and legal procedures. Paralegals typically work in law firms, corporate legal departments and governmental agencies.

Students will need 60 credit hours to complete the program. While pursuing this degree, students will develop skills in writing, research, technology, ethical and professional competencies as well as substantive and procedural paralegal skills in areas such as bankruptcy law, civil law, criminal law, family law, real estate law and probate law.

A complete list of credit and noncredit classes can be found in the fall 2020 class schedule online. Tuition is $131 per credit hour plus fees and books. Registration is ongoing. The college shortened its fall semester from 17 to 16 weeks with most courses taking place online starting Aug. 24. Hybrid classes, those that have some in-person and some online instruction, begin Aug. 10. New students can get started remotely with step-by-step instructions online.