Paralegal Degree Program Offered in Jefferson City

William Woods University is offering Jefferson
City area residents the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree-completion
program in paralegal studies without quitting work.

The program will begin with an open house enrollment meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at
WWU’s Jefferson City site, 919 Wildwood. Prospective students are encouraged to
contact the university prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call
1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by email at evening@williamwoods.edu.
 
The program is a 42-semester hour,
14-course sequence designed for the working professional interested in entering
the legal profession with a baccalaureate in paralegal studies. Admission
requirements include the completion of 25 semester credit hours.     
 
William Woods University has been
educating paralegals for more than 25 years on its main campus in Fulton. Peggy
Nickerson, coordinator of the paralegal studies program, cites U.S. Department
of Labor statistics as one of the reasons to expand the program. According to
the department’s report, the paralegal profession remains a top 10 growth
career for the 21st century. 
 
“As the number and complexity of
lawsuits continues to grow, so will the need for paralegals,” Nickerson
says. 
 
A degree in paralegal studies allows
a person to function as a paralegal or legal assistant (the terms are often
interchangeable). Paralegals are members of the professional legal staff (not
the clerical staff) who are employed or retained by a lawyer, law office,
corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who perform specifically
delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. 
 
A paralegal can work in all types
of legal environments, including law offices, governmental agencies, financial
institutions, health organizations, corporations, insurance companies, courts
and both prosecutor and defenders’ offices. 
 
The paralegal degree-completion
program “is representative of the innovative, professions-oriented programs of
study for which William Woods is noted,” Dr. Michael Westerfield, WWU vice
president, said. 
 
More information on the university’s evening
programs is available at www.williamwoods.edu/evening.