Begin your career in the legal field
Our American Bar Association–approved Paralegal Studies program prepares you for a fulfilling career in the legal field. While lawyers assume the ultimate responsibility for legal work, and paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law, paralegals conduct many significant tasks that help lawyers prepare for real estate closings, trials and meetings are delegated to paralegals.
The Paralegal Studies Program at Harper College combines courses like psychology, litigation, family law, commercial real estate law, and covers a range of law topics paralegals need to know. These include understanding the legal and ethical requirements associated with the practice of law, understanding the litigation process and demonstrating effective critical analysis skills in order to effectively communicate resolutions to legal problems.
Job prospects include: paralegal, legal assistant, administrative assistant or law office manager.
Earn a career-ready degree
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed to prepare you for immediate entry into this career field. Coursework in the AAS may also prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.
Earn a workforce credential
Those who have already completed an associate's or bachelor's degree in paralegal studies are eligible to earn a certificate:
- Catalog Course Descriptions
- Career Information
- Harper Career Paths: Paralegal Studies
- Student Organizations
- Job Placement Resource Center
- Paralegal Studies Faculty
For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact
Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.
Judaea Bradford earned her associate degree in paralegal studies in May 2020. She shares her experiences at Harper and in her new paralegal career. Read More
After two decades of teaching, Janet Tan wanted a change. She found her experience and interests were a fit with the Paralegal Studies program. But she had a perception that she might be too old to return to college. Read More
For attorney Anne Harrigan, A.A.S. ’96 and A.A. ’97, Harper served as the launching pad to a successful career in public service law. Read More