Legal assistant schools in South Dakota offer two-year associate’s degree programs for students wanting to become paralegals and legal assistants. Paralegals and legal assistants perform the same functions and the terms are used simultaneously. Paralegal course work typically includes courses such as legal terminology, torts and contract, case management, family law, injury law, wills and estates, and legal research and writing. Most programs are offered at night as many of the students are working and have families. Over 70% of paralegals work for private law firms under the supervision of an attorney. The remaining work in different layers of government or are part of a corporate law team.
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