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I’ve found the Baker students that work at this court are very dependable. They are hardworking, they are intelligent, they are resourceful. I’ve never had a bad experience with a Baker student.
Hon. Richard A. Page 24th District Court Judge

As a Paralegal, you are qualified by education, training, or work experience to be employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity. You perform specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. You cannot provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

In this program, you will:

  • Gain the skills and knowledge essential to assist attorneys by drafting legal documents, interacting with clients, and assisting in court.
  • Learn how to conduct research and prepare memoranda to aid attorneys in resolving legal issues.
  • Learn to assist attorneys with discovery, which includes responding to interrogatories, producing documents, and interviewing witnesses.

As a Paralegal, you may be employed in private law firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations, court systems, real estate title companies, banks, insurance companies, health care companies, local, state, and federal government agencies.

Accreditation/Approval/Certification Status
External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

The Paralegal Program has been approved by the American Bar Association at the Auburn Hills, Clinton Township and Jackson campuses.

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

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Career Facts

  • The average starting salary for a paralegal is between $28,000 -$35,000. Seasoned paralegals can average $40,000 – $60,000.
  • Employment growth should be much faster than average; for Paralegals and Legal Assistants employment is expected to increase by 22 percent through 2016.
  • Paralegals may be employed by private law firms, nonprofit organizations, court systems, government agencies, small businesses, or corporations.
  • About 7 out of 10 Paralegals work for law firms; others work for corporate legal departments and government agencies.
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