This program will provide you with the legal knowledge and administrative skills to serve as a paralegal, working closely with not only attorneys in law firms, but also corporations, real estate companies, government agencies and the banking industry. 

The courses taught in the program will focus on realistic projects, case studies, and practical application of classroom instruction. In both the classroom and through internships you will develop professional networking relationships and have the opportunity to investigate various aspects of the paralegal/legal assistant profession. The program provides the educational background enabling you to prepare for and take the NALA and NALS national certification exams.

Career Information

Most paralegals work in law offices, under the supervision of a lawyer, while others work for government agencies. Paralegals who have successfully completed their paralegal studies work in all different types of law including litigation, family law, corporate law, and many other areas. Because law has become so complex in recent years, many paralegals have specialties and focus on specific aspects of the law and cases.

To register or if you have questions:

Colleen Clifford
Career Navigator
Sioux City Campus, Admissions A303
Book an Appointment

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $12,864.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $12,931.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated housing and meals: $3,825.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.

Required Classes for Paralegal / Legal Assistant | AAS

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
PRL 103 Introduction to Law 3
ADM 105 Introduction to Keyboarding 1
ADM 162 Office Procedures 3
CSC 110 Introduction to Computers 3
ENG 105 Composition I 3
SPC 122 Interpersonal Communication 3
PRL 108 Legal Procedures and Processes 3
PRL 281 Legal Ethics 2
ADM 123 Document Formatting 3
ADM 159 Proofreading and Editing 3
ADM 176 Electronic Records System 3
BUS 185 Business Law I 3
PRL 112 Legal Research and Writing I 3
PRL 131 Torts and Litigation I 3
PRL 191 Criminal Procedure 3
ADM 154 Business Communication 3
SOC 200 Minority Group Relations 3
MAT 772 Applied Math 3
PRL 161 Family Law 3
PRL 164 Legal Applications and Practices 3
BUS 186 Business Law II 3
MGT 178 Employment Law 3
PRL 932 Internship 3

Entrance Requirements

Submit your official high school/college transcripts to

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Mellisa Flanigan
Business and Office Support Instructor
712.274.8733 Ext. 1357
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
Dr. Michael Rohlena
Assoc Dean of Instruction for Career & Technical Education
712.274.8733 Ext. 3217
Sioux City Campus, Room B107

Advisory Board

Steve Andersen State of Iowa
Patrick Jennings Woodbury County District Attorney
Monica Colella Goosmann Law Firm
Gretchen Cooper Law Office of Gretchen A. Cooper, PLLC
Steele Welcher Western Iowa Tech Community College
Elizabeth Row NA
Laury Lau NA
Michele Lewon Western Iowa Tech Community College
Kelli Jones Goosmann Law Firm
Marchelle Denker Public Defenders Office / WITCC