Legal Studies

Bachelor and Associate Degrees Available

The Legal Studies Department consists of the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and Social Justice, the Bachelor of Science Degree in Realtime Reporting, and the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies. Classes are offered day, night, hybrid, and online.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and Social Justice:

Earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and Social Justice from Midstate College opens the door to a lifetime of opportunities - whether looking for a new career or seeking advancement in a current position.

Training in the critical analysis of justice issues prepares graduates to work with advocacy groups, nonprofit organizations, and government institutions. This degree is an excellent choice when seeking advancement in criminal justice or law enforcement careers, or if considering advanced study in social service, urban and regional planning or law. Students in the Law and Social Justice Program develop strong skills in research, writing, analysis and advocacy.

The Law and Social Justice BA degree is not an ABA approved program, and it is not for the education of paralegals.

Bachelor of Science Degree Degree in Realtime Reporting:

Realtime Reporting is a highly specialized and technical field with skills that can be applied in the three concentrations: Broadcast Captioning, CART Reporting, and Judicial Reporting. Realtime Reporters utilize stenograph machines to record verbal communication and translate it into instantaneous English text in “real time.”

Realtime Reporting students should possess excellent linguistic ability and exhibit good hand dexterity that allows the student to develop the speed and accuracy required in the chosen concentration. Students undertaking this challenging and exciting career path should be committed to continual practice and improvement to attain the goals set forth by the academic program and skills requirements.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Realtime Reporting has been designed to meet the Judicial Reporting Program standards as set forth in the National Court Reporters Association Council on Approved Student Education's General Requirements and Minimum Standards and all requirements set forth in the Captioning and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) Standards Options. These standards are in the areas of machine shorthand, English, law and legal terminology, anatomy and medical terminology, procedures, technology, current events, and internship.

Students are required to choose a concentration in order to focus their studies and skills toward the specialized academic objectives.

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies:

An Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies from Midstate College can be the key to an exciting new career as a paralegal - or a stepping stone on the way to another career in the legal field.

Lawyers assume ultimate responsibility for their work, but they often delegate many important preparatory tasks to paralegals. Paralegals and legal assistants continue to assume a growing range of tasks in legal offices and perform many of the same tasks as lawyers. For example, paralegals help lawyers prepare for trials, closings, hearings, and corporate functions.

Paralegals identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, and legal articles relevant to assigned cases. Paralegals may prepare legal arguments, draft pleadings, motions to be filed, and assist attorneys during trials. They are responsible for the organization and maintenance of important legal files and documents. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

The Midstate College Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree is American Bar Association (ABA) approved. Midstate College is a member of the Central Illinois Paralegal Association (CIPA) and the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE).

Law and Social Justice, Bachelor of Arts

Realtime Reporting, Bachelor of Science

Paralegal Studies, Associate of Applied Science