Legal studies schools in Michigan prepare students for careers as paralegals and legal assistants. Most legal studies programs award two-year associate’s degrees upon completion. Paralegals and legal assistants do much of the same work attorneys do such as legal research, legal report writing, preparing for court, and interacting with clients. Paralegals are not allowed to give out legal advice, present in court or bill for their services. Typical classes include criminal law, civil law, court procedures, legal report writing, legal research, and law office administration. Most paralegals and legal assistants work for private law firms that specialize in family, injury and criminal defense. Some work in corporate law departments as part of a corporate legal team.
- Criminal Justice (BS)
- Criminal Justice (MS)