2+2 Paralegal Studies

​DMACC and Grand View University have teamed up to create a new 2+2 Paralegal Program.

This program is open to students of all ages who have an interest in being part of the legal profession.

Also known as legal assistants, Paralegals are trained to assist attorneys to deliver legal services to clients. Working under the supervision of an attorney, Paralegals perform many essential duties. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Start in DMACC’s Paralegal Program, approved by the American Bar Association, at the DMACC Urban Campus, and then seamlessly advance into Grand View University’s outstanding Paralegal Studies Program which offers online options, allowing you to continue to work in the field while earning a Bachelor’s Degree.

Paralegal Duties performed under the supervision of an attorney

  • Research case and statutory law, and prepare memoranda.
  • Prepare and draft routine pleadings, interrogatories, motions, affidavits and related instruments.
  • Conduct civil and criminal investigations.
  • Maintain docket control, including notification of clients, witnesses and attorneys.
  • Prepare routine memoranda, correspondence and reports.
  • Function as a real estate closing clerk preparing required documents and closing statements.
  • Perform various office administrative functions.
  • Conduct fact-finding interviews with clients and witnesses and conduct medical and scientific research.
  • Make filings and record searches.
  • Prepare tax returns.
  • Prepare corporate filings and maintain current minute books.

Work Environment

  • Law Firms
  • Corporations
  • Nonprofits
  • Government
  • Court rooms
  • Banks, Finance and Insurance
  • Accounting and Real Estate

Necessary Skills

  • Effective Communications
  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Organizational and detail oriented
  • Strong technical Writing
  • Legal Research
  • Computer Proficiency

New PreLaw Pathway

While many prelaw students take liberal arts or political science, perhaps a better path is through the paralegal program. Prelaw students will receive more prelaw studies, training and access to internships that will make them better prepared to take their LSAT and enter law school.

Salary & Job Outlook

Nationally, the median paralegal salary is $52,549 as of 2017, with a range from $46,468 to $59,334. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that paralegal positions will increase by 8 percent from 2014 through 2024. CNN Money and US News Rank Paralegal as one of the best jobs in America.