According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the employment of paralegals is expected to grow 22 percent between now and 2016–much faster than the average for all occupations. Elms College's paralegal studies program combines professional studies with a liberal arts foundation. You qualify for the American Bar Association-approved (ABA) certificate in paralegal studies with 27 credits of core coursework.
The American Bar Association defines a paralegal as someone who is qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity, and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Provided a supervising attorney maintains responsibility for the work product, paralegals perform any task normally performed by the attorney, except those proscribed by the unauthorized practice of law.
You can choose to earn an associate of arts, an advanced certificate, or a bachelor of arts in paralegal studies, or a bachelor of arts in social services and paralegal studies. You can also minor in paralegal studies.
When you earn an associate's or bachelor's degree, you also receive the ABA-approved professional certification, qualifying you to work as a paralegal. Our goal is to educate you so that upon graduation you can assist supervising attorneys with the performance of substantive legal work, thereby contributing to the efficient and economic delivery of legal services in both the public and private sectors.
Every year more than 70 percent of our graduates either continue their studies or find rewarding and challenging careers within the legal field. They work for private law offices, major corporations, and city, state, and federal government.
We are a private Catholic coeducational liberal arts college founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Massachusetts. Elms College is located in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and grants associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.