Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Although lawyers assume ultimate responsibility for legal work, they often delegate many of their tasks to paralegals. In fact, paralegals — also called legal assistants — are continuing to assume new responsibilities in legal offices and perform many of the same tasks as lawyers.

One of a paralegal's most important tasks is helping lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. Paralegals might investigate the facts of cases and ensure that all relevant information is considered. They also identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other materials that are relevant to assigned cases.

Like your paralegal courses? Earning a degree will open the door for opportunities in law office management, government, court administration, arbitration/mediation, financial institutions, the medical field, the insurance and real estate industry, etc. It can also become your first step towards law school!

Degrees and Certificates

Next Steps

  1. Apply to Naugatuck Valley Community College.
  2. Send in required documents.
  3. Take the placement test.