Paralegal Studies

PARALEGAL STUDIES

The Paralegal Program at Ivy Tech Community College strives to accelerate greatness and excellence in its curriculum. To achieve such a standard, the Program provides knowledge in many substantive areas of law and engages the students in an environment where they receive practical skills.

According to the Indiana Code, a paralegal is defined as a person who is:

  • qualified through education, training, or work experience; and
  • employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency, or other entity; to work under the direction of an attorney in a capacity that involves the performance of substantive legal work that usually requires a sufficient knowledge of legal concepts and would be performed by the attorney in the absence of the paralegal.  (Indiana Code 1-1-4-6)

The overall Program goal is to give the students the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful as entry level paralegals, working under the supervision of lawyers, or successful transfer to a four year institution. Paralegals are not licensed attorneys and are not able to render legal advice.

The Program's objectives are that students and graduates of the paralegal program will be able to:

  • Practice as a legal assistant or paralegal in either the private or public sector;
  • Apply ethical reasoning;
  • Communicate effectively  in written and oral forms;
  • Perform legal research, and
  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking

Degrees:

Associate of Applied Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Paralegal Studies will give you the knowledge and skills for career entry or advancement in a current job. Associate of Applied Science degree programs are two-year programs that prepare students for careers, career changes and career advancement. Students who need to take longer to complete the degree because of job or family obligations can take the program over a longer period of time. AAS programs may also prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. These programs offer education in recognized technical areas and specialties with emphasis on analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The program content, which is approximately 30% general education and 70% professional/technical, provides depth and breadth in conceptual and professional/technical skills. The general education courses equip students with the problem solving, communications, scientific and mathematical skills to compete successfully in the job market. Professional/technical courses equip students with the skills to obtain employment and to advance in the workforce.

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Electives

Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.

Associate of Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

The Associate of Science degree prepares you for transfer to a university to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The Associate of Science degree in Paralegal Studies transfers to many Indiana public and private colleges and universities.

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Transfer Options

To find out information about your transfer options to public and private universities, contact your academic advisor or the Transfer Office at your local Ivy Tech campus. You are also encouraged to contact the university in which you plan to transfer.

Electives

Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.

Online Degrees and Certificates:

Associate of Applied Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

In the following degree, the majority of your coursework will be completed online, however, some courses have on-campus requirements, such as video lectures or internships. You can discuss the specific requirements of each course with your advisor.

Courses you will take      Print official copy

Electives

Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.

Associate of Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

In the following degree, the majority of your coursework will be completed online, however, some courses have on-campus requirements, such as video lectures or internships. You can discuss the specific requirements of each course with your advisor.

Courses you will take      Print official copy

Transfer Options

To find out information about your transfer options to public and private universities, contact your academic advisor or the Transfer Office at your local Ivy Tech campus. You are also encouraged to contact the university in which you plan to transfer.

Electives

Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

Why choose the Paralegal Studies program?

Students who are intrigued with various areas of law and have a passion for helping people should join the Paralegal Studies program. A student who enters into the field of law must be detailed, learn great writing and communication skills and have a basic desire to see justice be done. Whether it's assisting an attorney with representation of a client in trial or conducting an initial comprehensive interview with a witness, paralegals are the back-bone of any great attorney and an incredible asset to any legal team.

Paralegal Studies programs are offered at the following Ivy Tech campuses:

Bloomington

Contact:
John Rucker
Paralegal Studies Advisor
Phone: (812) 330-6107
jrucker@ivytech.edu

Central Indiana (Indianapolis)
Contact:
Lara O'Dell
NMC 226N
(317) 921-4443
lodell3@ivytech.edu

Columbus (Columbus)
East Central (Anderson, Marion, Muncie)
Contact:

Rob Dawalt
Program Chair
1-800-589-8324, ext. 1110
pdawalt@ivytech.edu

Program Summary (pdf)

Kokomo (Kokomo, Logansport)
Contact
Ken Ferries, program chair
800-459-0561, ext. 380
Lafayette  (Lafayette)
Contact
Morgan Carrillo
Program Chair, Paralegal Studies
(765) 269-5730
North Central (Elkhart, South Bend, Warsaw)

For more information contact Marcus Ellison at 574-289-7001, ext. 6373 or mellison12@ivytech.edu.

Northeast (Fort Wayne)
Contact:
Russell Rybolt, Assistant Professor
260-439-8386
rrybolt@ivytech.edu

Northwest (East Chicago, Gary, Michigan City, Valparaiso)
Paralegal Studies Program Chair

   Nicole Fech
   Valparaiso Campus
   (219)464-8514

Paralegal Studies Program Information

Regional Curriculum Guides
Richmond (Richmond)
Contact:

Darryl T. Decker
Assistant Director of Academic Affairs Support
Distance Education Academic Advising and Support
Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond
2357 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN 47374-1298
Phone: 765-966-2656, ext. 1123  Toll free: 800-659-4562, ext. 1123
Fax: 765-962-8741
Email: ddecker@ivytech.edu
www.ivytech.edu/richmond   

Jillene Anderson
Dean of the School of Public and Social Services
Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond
2357 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN 47374-1298
Phone: 765-966-2656, ext. 1158  Toll free: 800-659-4562, ext. 1158
Fax: 765-962-8741
Email: janderso@ivytech.edu
www.ivytech.edu/richmond

Degrees offered at Richmond region:
-Online Associate of Applied Science
-Online Associate of Science


Southeast (Lawrenceburg, Madison)
School of Public and Social Services - Paralegal Studies Program
MADISON

590 Ivy Tech Drive
Madison, IN 47250

Joe Moore
(812) 265-2580 Ext. 4171
(800) 403-2190 Ext. 4171
ljmoore@ivytech.edu

LAWRENCEBURG & BATESVILLE

50 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Holly Nichols
(812) 537-4010 Ext. 5261
(800) 715-1058 Ext. 5261
hnichols11@ivytech.edu

Southern Indiana (Sellersburg)
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Contacts

Betsy Boyd
Administrative Assistant
Pfau Hall
812 246.3301 ext 4725

Marcy Ziegler
Program Chair

Mary Ann Bennett
Dean School of Public and Social Services 
ext 4311

Southwest (Evansville)

Paralegal Studies Program Summary

For more information, please contact Carol Katowitz, Dean of the School of Public and Social Services, (812) 429 - 9853.

Wabash Valley (Terre Haute)

Contact:

Jamie Houston
Program Chair
812-298-2395
jhouston29@ivytech.edu

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