Paralegal

Programs of Study

Paralegal Transfer

Curriculum
Transfer to CU Denver's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences or College of Public Affairs
Offered in the Classroom & 55% Online

Paralegal

Curriculum
Direct to Work
Offered in the Classroom & 55% Online

General Paralegal

Curriculum
Stackable
Offered in the Classroom & 55% Online

About the Program

You’ve heard the jokes about the world having too many lawyers. The great thing about lawyers is that they need help from paralegals, an exciting and expanding field that could be the perfect career for you. Although lawyers are responsible for giving legal advice and presenting cases in court, they delegate many tasks to paralegals. One of the most important jobs is helping lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials and corporate meetings. Paralegals investigate the facts of cases to be sure that all relevant information is considered. They identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles and other materials that are relevant to cases. They analyze and organize the information they find and write reports that attorneys use to decide how cases are handled.

The program at CCD offers you the ability to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), emphasis in Paralegal, and either start working immediately or transfer to a four-year college or university. As a paralegal, you will prepare legal arguments for lawsuits, draft pleadings and motions to be filed with the court, obtain affidavits, and help attorneys during trials. You will help draft contracts, mortgages, and separation agreements and trust instruments. Paralegals also often help prepare tax returns and plan estates. All in all, becoming a paralegal will give you the opportunity to advance in a great career field and CCD can help you get started with our A.A.S. degree.

Academic Support

Academic support is provided through CCD’s Excel Zone

It helps students succeed by offering a variety of learning opportunities with three locations on campus:

  • Confluence Building, 4th Floor | The Main Zone
  • Cherry Creek Building, Rooms 205 & 210 | Career & Technical Education (CTE) Zone
  • Science Building, Room 1019 | The Science Zone

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers 55 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?
303.352.6785 | TLC@ccd.edu

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at CCD.edu/Scholarships.

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal financial aid application. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Four-Year Transfer Agreements

A Two-Year Degree from CCD Can Lead to a Four-Year Degree from ...    

  • University of Colorado Denver

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in paralegal transfer degree is an agreement between CCD and the University of Colorado Denver. Once you complete these degree requirements, you will have completed your lower-division general education requirements and will be eligible to transfer to the University of Colorado Denver as a junior in sociology or political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or as a criminal justice major in the School of Public Affairs. View course map for required courses (link to catalog).

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

As part of the degree plan, you will complete an internship, which will provide you with the opportunity to supplement your coursework with practical work experience. You will work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at a business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects.

Most paralegals work for law firms, corporate legal departments and government offices. They may work in different areas of the law, including litigation, personal injury, civil rights, corporate law, criminal law, employee benefits, intellectual property, labor law, bankruptcy, immigration, family law, and real estate. As law becomes more complex, paralegals respond by becoming more specialized.

In the next few years, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that many law firms and employers with legal staffs will hire more paralegals to keep costs down and the availability of efficient legal services up.

Entry-level salaries for paralegals in Denver are between $30,000 and $40,000 per year. Experienced paralegals and those with an associate or bachelor’s degree earn more — often between $40,000 and $60,000 per year.

Learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

Entry-level salaries for paralegals in Denver are between $30,000 and $40,000 per year. Experienced paralegals and those with an associate or bachelor’s degree earn more — often between $40,000 and $60,000 per year.

The median annual wage for paralegals and legal assistants was $50,410 in May 2017.

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Stackable

The paralegal certificate seamlessly transfer to the Associate of Applied Science degree. Complete a certificate and start working while you study and finish your associate degree.