The Paralegal Technology program at Northwest is specifically designed to prepare students for entry into the job market immediately upon graduation with an exciting career in a variety of legal fields. All hours transfer to the University of Mississippi or another four-year university and fit directly into their pre-law and paralegal programs. See the course descriptions here.
What Will I Learn?
Our paralegal technology curriculum will introduce you to the legal system and teach you the skills to support a lawyer with legal research, drafting documents, and preparing for court proceedings. You will receive the benefit of small class sizes and faculty who are attorneys with real-world experience in law practice. You will graduate with an understanding of criminal, civil, contract, property, and family law, as well the structure of the federal and state court systems. With the opportunity to take an internship course in the field of your choice, you will have the practical training you need to immediately begin a career in the paralegal field.
Paralegal Tech students have the option of obtaining their degree by attending all of their classes entirely online without having to step foot on campus. This online option gives you the opportunity gain professional skills and knowledge from any location. As many of our online students work full-time and attend school part-time, our online classes are designed to be flexible to work with different schedules.
Legal Studies Option
Northwest also offers the Legal Studies Program which is ideal for student who plan to obtain a bachelor’s degree or aspire to one day attend law school. Click here for the Legal Studies program page.
What Is the Job Outlook?
Our Paralegal Tech program will expand your horizons and boost your career prospects and prepares you for many career options with above-average salaries and promising job growth. Opportunities for paralegal work exist in all areas of law, including family law, bankruptcy, employee benefits, personal injury, litigation, copyrighting, criminal law, labor law, immigration, and real estate. While seven out of ten paralegals work for law firms, many others are employed by the government or corporate legal departments.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment opportunities of paralegals and legal assistants will increase 12% percent over the next ten years, much faster than the average for other occupations. The salary for paralegals and legal assistants was $51,740 in May 2019, and paralegals who worked for the federal government and in the finance and insurance industries made over $60,000 on average.
A 30-hour certificate program is also now available.
Instructor: Stephan McDavid | Phone: 662-205-6028. | Office location at Oxford LYTC: Room 159