TCC’s American Bar Association-approved program offers both degree and certificate options to those who wish to pursue a career in the exciting, fast-growing field of legal services. Graduates may be eligible for positions in a law office, legal department of a corporation, public agency, court system, private investigation firm and paralegal services.
What do paralegals do? Paralegals are trained to:
- Prepare legal documents
- Prepare clients for court hearings and mediation
- Conduct research and investigations
- Interview clients and witnesses
- Prepare probate inventories
- Help attorneys in litigation
- Organize and index documents
Paralegals cannot provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
TCC Paralegal Program
The TCC Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association. The program offers both degree and certificate options to those interested in pursuing a career in the legal services field and providing services under the supervision of an attorney.
An associate degree program designed to prepare students for a career as a paralegal or legal assistant.
Designed for those who already possess an associate or bachelor degree and wish to enter the legal services profession.
Due to the Washington Supreme Court's recent decision to sunset the Limited License Legal Technician program, as of June 2020 we will no longer admit new students to the Limited License Legal Technician Preparation certificate. The associate's degree and Pro-Certificate options are not impacted and will remain open. All currently enrolled LLLT students may finish the courses at TCC but must contact the Washington State Bar Association at 206-443-9722 and LLLT@wsba.org to determine the necessary steps to complete the licensing requirements by July 31, 2020.
Upon successful completion of the AAS degree in Paralegal and the Paralegal Preferred Pro Certificate, students will:
- Recognize ethical issues that arise in a legal work environment and apply rules of professional conduct to resolve them.
- Demonstrate oral and written skills that paralegals use on the job.
- Apply basic principles of legal analysis.
- Use computers and other technology for document production, law office management, and trial preparation.
- Demonstrate sensitivity through adaptability and flexibility in working with a diverse group of people.
- Manage multi-tasks while prioritizing them to meet deadlines.