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Paralegal

Cara Verigan

Paralegal Program Coordinator
 

Mission Statement 

The mission of the Wilbur Wright Paralegal Program is to offer students of diverse backgrounds, talents and abilities quality legal instruction leading to career advancement.  We fulfill our mission through our courses and other activities which are designed to allow the students to develop effective listening, legal research, critical legal thinking and legal writing skills.  Our strategy encourages students to solve academic or job related challenges in a manner that demonstrates proficiency in fundamental procedural and substantive law and in legal research and drafting techniques. 

   

Program Goals

  • Develop a general framework and understanding of legal knowledge necessary to work as a paralegal in the legal field. Through a logical progression of sequential and interrelated courses, develop the background, problem solving and decision making skills so students can successfully work as paralegals.
  • To have every student proficient in legal research and communication.
  • Provide adequate opportunities for students to use current technology for research, writing and communication.
  • Develop effective instruction on legal ethics.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to think and read critically so that can effectively solve legal problems.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in basic substantive and procedural law.
  • Students will be able to communicate effectively using legal terminology.
  • Students be able to perform legal research and writing at a level sufficient to enter the paralegal profession. 
  • Students will be capable of using appropriate technologies to complete research and writing tasks.
  • Students will apply understanding of ethical principles learned in the classroom in the workplace.
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What Can Wright's Paralegal Program Do for You?

  • Prepare you for a lucrative and exciting new career, with employment security superior to most existing jobs. According to the Department of Labor, employment for paralegals is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018. Chicago is home to some of the largest law firms in the United States, employing over 1200 paralegals. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition, the middle 50 percent of full time paralegals in the United States earned between $36,080 and $59,310.
  • Provide you with practical, hands-on training. Through Wright’s internship, you can meet prospective employers and gain valuable “hands-on” experience to increase your marketability.
  • Offer you flexibility and affordability. The Paralegal Program was designed for a variety of individuals; those who are seeking a career change, as well as those who are entering the legal field as a paralegal as a first time career. We welcome part-time and full-time students with classes at an extremely affordable cost per credit hour.

What Will You Learn at Wright's Paralegal Program?

Upon completion of Wright’s Paralegal Program, students will be prepared to successfully perform, under an attorney’s supervision, a wide range of paralegal tasks such as researching legal issues, interviewing clients/witnesses, preparing legal forms and documents, working on probate matters, or other related duties.   In addition to studying legal concepts and learning paralegal skills, students gain experience using online legal research service, such as Westlaw, have access to a legal research library and can participate in activities hosted by Wright College’s Paralegal Club. 

  

Internship

 A significant component of the College’s Paralegal Program is an optional internship during the student’s last semester. This internship provides the student an opportunity to take what they have learned in class and apply it in a realistic work environment. Students of this program will also have access to all of the student services Wright College offers such as job placement, career development and advising, and computer lab and library. Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

 
 

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(773) 481-8338
Fax: 
(773) 481-8691
4300 N. Narragansett Ave.
L-358
Chicago, IL 60634-1591
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