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Paralegal

photo of paralegal studentThe career of a paralegal is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country and in Washington.

Paralegals are trained to prepare legal documents, prepare clients for court hearings and mediation, conduct research and investigations, interview clients and witnesses, prepare probate inventories, help attorneys in litigation, and organize and index documents. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

In this exciting career field, graduates may be eligible for positions in a law office, legal department of a corporation, public agency, court system, private investigation firm, and paralegal services.

The Tacoma Community College Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association. The program offers both degree and certificate options to those interested in pursuing a career in the legal services field and providing services under the supervision of an attorney.

Our Program’s mission is to aid students in becoming ethical, top-quality paralegals with the knowledge, flexibility, analytical, interpersonal, communication, and other skills needed to excel and succeed in a diverse and ever-changing legal profession.

To that end, we will help you develop a solid understanding of the concepts, terminology and regular tasks expected of a paralegal. In addition, we will help you develop excellent research, critical thinking and analysis skills that will enhance your paralegal career for years to come.

The Paralegal Program at Tacoma Community College is ABA approved.

Degrees & Certificates:

LLLT Program

  • Limited License Legal Technician: Washington is the first state in the country to allow paralegals who meet certain educational requirements to advise clients on specific areas of law.

How to Begin

  1. Read about the Admission Process and FAQs.
  2. Attend the Virtual Information Session to make sure you understand all of the important parts of applying to the college and enrolling in the Paralegal program.
  3. Review the Planning Sheet – required class listings for both the degree and pro-certificate
  4. Read the proposed schedule of course offerings for 2014-15.
  5. Contact Advising or the Paralegal Program Chair, Jennifer Sorensen to get started.


Learn More

Jennifer A. Sorensen, J.D.
Program Chair and Faculty
253.566.5053

Emily Cardenas
LLLT Liaison

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