Legal Studies

Bachelor and Associate Degrees Available

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

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).

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.

Law and Social Justice, Bachelor of Arts

Paralegal Studies, Associate of Applied Science