Mission Statement, Goals, Objectives, & Core Competencies

Mission Statement

In keeping with the college’s mission it is our intention to continue to provide the best for our students. By providing high quality at a minimal cost, we are able to attract the best candidates who are prepared for the work force through the college’s student-centered practices. Further, we intend to continue to contribute to the success of our legal community by providing them with high quality candidates. To maintain our ABA status as well as the quality and integrity of our program requires a commitment to teaching and learning excellence. As faculty, it is our goal to keep that commitment.

Goals

Statement of Primary Goal:

To provide our students with the legal knowledge and practical skills necesary to become competent, ethical paralegals.

Statement of Secondary Goal:

To improve the knowledge and abilities of individuals who hold positions in which they are not paralegals, but in which the knowledge of the law, legal systems, and/or legal research would be beneficial.

Statement of Tertiary Goal:

To provide students with the foundation for entering a four-year college/university.

Core Competencies

Communication: the ability to read, write, speak, listen, and use nonverbal skills effectively with different audiences.

Critical Thinking: the ability to think using analysis, synthesis, evaluation, problem solving, judgment, and the creative process.

Personal Growth and Responsibility: the ability to understand and manage self, to function effectively in social and professional environments and to make reasoned judgments based on an understanding of the diversity of the world community.

Information Technology and Quantitative Literacy: the ability to locate, understand, evaluate, and synthesize, information and data in a technological and data driven society.

Educational Objectives

To provide our students with a well-rounded education, which includes general education courses (for our Degree students), as well as legal specialty courses.

To prepare students to draft legal documents in at least three areas of law.

To provide students with substantive knowledge in at least five areas of law.

To instill in our students an appreciation for ethical and professional behavior.

To instill in our students an appreciation for the rules of grammar and punctuation.

To teach our students traditional research skills, as well as computer-based research skills.

Administrative Objectives

To improve communication between the Program and it’s students and part-time faculty by expanding the Program’s website and encouraging students and part-time faculty to refer to it often.

To purchase legal software and incorporate instruction thereon into relevant courses. (E.g., SoftPro, Time Matters, etc.).

To assist current students and graduates in obtaining legal employment and to develop and implement a plan that will allow the Program to keep better track of its graduates.

To make courses more uniform, such that students learn the same things regardless of who the instructor is.

To develop policies and procedures that will assist the Program’s part-time instructors in developing their syllabi and lesson plans, which will in turn assure uniformity within the paralegal courses.

To develop formal (written) articulation agreements with four-year colleges.

Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services to the public, except as permitted by law.