The American Bar Association-approved curriculum of the Paralegal program provides students with the practical skills, knowledge and values necessary to become effective members of a legal team. Most of the legal specialty courses are taught by attorneys and focus on knowledge and skills necessary in today's job market. Students learn the ethical rules and standards of practice and develop a framework for resolving ethical dilemmas while maintaining client confidentiality. An internship in a professional office also provides practical experience.
Northampton's program has been approved by the American Bar Association. Paralegals may not practice law or provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. This prestigious approval places our program in a select group of programs nationwide that are designed and operated to meet the highest standards of paralegal education. For additional information on ABA approval, contact the American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Paralegals, 321 N. Clark Street, 19th Floor, Chicago, IL 60654 or at www.abaparalegals.org.
Paralegals and legal assistants are found in all types of organizations, but most work for law firms, corporate legal departments, or government agencies. Paralegals are not lawyers and must work under the supervision of an attorney. Paralegals may not practice law or provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Those who earn a degree in the program may be prepared for careers as paralegals, legal assistants, trust coordinator title searchers, settlement clerks, and litigation specialists.
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