Paralegal Program

Students working in groups in paralegal classroom

State Supreme Court visits Clark College

Paralegals are a distinguishable group of professional persons who assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services.


Through formal education, training and experience, paralegals have knowledge and expertise regarding both the legal system and substantive and procedural laws which qualify them to do work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney.

A paralegal cannot give legal advice, represent a client in court, set a fee, or accept a case, functions generally considered the practice of law.

Working under the supervision of an attorney, the paralegal's work product becomes part of the attorney work product. In communications with clients and the public, the paralegal's nonlawyer status must be clear. Your role in the big picture is to help the attorney and the firm turn out the best work product for the client.

You may be eligible for credit toward your degree if you have taken a course or exam elsewhere or done some related work.

Read about our student interns or the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) experience to get a better idea of what you might expect to do in the paralegal field.

Paralegal and Academic Advising
Program Director
Layne Russell, Professor
Scarpelli Hall (SHL)

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