Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. Florida prohibits the practice of law by non-lawyers.
Paralegal Studies A.S. Degree
The American Bar Association (ABA) approved Paralegal Studies program at Eastern Florida State College is your gateway to a rewarding career as a legal professional. The demand for paralegals is on the rise and the profession is projected to grow faster than other occupations through the year 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Notably, the paralegal profession is diverse; paralegals are male and female, of various ages and backgrounds, some with prior degrees in different areas of expertise, and even those seeking a career change.
The goal of this program is to educate, train and prepare students for a paralegal career. Our curriculum is carefully developed and emphasizes practical skills and knowledge in both substantive and procedural law that is designed to enhance the student’s ability to succeed in the legal profession.
During the semester-long internship, students will bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world legal experience while gaining work-related references and networking opportunities to enhance marketability as a legal professional.
Program graduates are eligible to become certified through successful completion of the certification examination from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).
Melissa Secrist, J.D.
Instructor & Program Manager
Melbourne Campus, Bldg. 8, Rm. 201C
Erin Bradley, Program Specialist
Melbourne Campus, Bldg. 8, Rm. 201Q
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