Legal Assistant Studies

 

Why Legal Assistant Studies?

Legal assistants aid attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Through formal education, training and experience, legal assistants have knowledge and expertise regarding the legal system and substantive and procedural law which qualify them to work under the supervision of an attorney. Duties may include: conduct client interviews and maintain general contact with the clients; locate and interview witnesses; conduct investigations and statistical and documentary research; conduct legal research; draft legal documents, correspondence and pleadings; summarize depositions, interrogatories and testimony; attend executions of wills, real estate closings, depositions, court or administrative hearings and trials with the attorneys. The program also welcomes students who hold a two-year degree or who have had some legal and/or college courses.  Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.


About the Program

The Legal Assistant Studies program at UT Chattanooga is an American Bar Association approved program that requires an extensive approval review process.


Mission Statement

The Legal Assistant Studies Program is committed to providing students with a well-rounded legal education focused on the knowledge of substantive and procedural law and the acquisition of the practical skills necessary for a career in the legal profession. Students will become ethically informed, culturally sensitive, engaged scholars and practitioners.

Goals

1) Students will master core material.

2) Students will have the skills necessary for a career in the legal profession.

3) Students will have effective writing skills, including legal research and writing skills.

4) Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.

5) Students will possess the computer skills necessary for the legal profession.

6) Students will employ critical thinking skills.

7) Students will be exposed to a diverse group of people and perspectives.

Learning Objectives

 Graduates of the Legal Assistant Studies program will:

  • Identify and integrate substantive and procedural law in factual scenarios.
  • Perform the practical skills necessary for a career in the legal field.
  • Identify, research, analyze, interpret, and argue legal issues and apply these concepts written and orally.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to legal scenarios.
  • Critically think about issues of age, race/ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexual orientation and integrate how these function in the legal field.
  • Apply ethical rules to practical issues in the legal field.