Paralegal Diploma Program

Paralegal Diploma Program

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What Is a Paralegal?

Behind every successful verdict and in every area of law, a paralegal more than likely played a significant role in the outcome. Paralegals are indispensable members of the legal system and fulfill a number of essential roles in this fast-paced environment, including:
  • Providing tactical support to attorneys
  • Researching legal precedent
  • Preparing legal documents for court filings
  • Organizing and Coordinating law office activities
  • In some cases, investigative work.

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What Career Options Are Available as a Paralegal?

Paralegals fill a vital role in every area of law and may experience a wide variety of career paths throughout their career. Some paralegals will even go on to be lawyers themselves. Paralegals can be found in:
  • Defense Law Firms
  • Corporate Law Firms
  • International Law Firms
  • Banks & Financial Institutions
  • And much more

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Paralegals is projected to grow 11% in the US from 2019 to 2029.1


What You Will Learn in Paralegal

Due to the highly competitive job market, one of the best ways is to become a Paralegal is through a diploma program. specific degree. Such a program can be completed in just 10 months and provides essential information to launch your career such as:
  • Understanding fundamental computer software programs related to the legal field.
  • Law office terminology and typical procedural edict.
  • Legal research and writing techniques.
  • Civil litigation, torts, probate, criminal and family law basics.
  • Mock depositions to sharpen skills and become familiar with the courtroom environment.

Why Choose Our College?

For over 155 years, Rockford Career College has made a lasting impact on the students and community we serve by:
  • Making student success our #1 priority.
  • Designing courses that develop critical skill sets and expanding our student’s knowledge base for a life-time career.
  • Ensuring that the skills businesses need are the skills we teach.
  • Offering affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools.
  • Offering on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that provide more flexibility to fit your life-style.
  • Having the best career services team that has done the networking for you with numerous local employers and are here to help.

All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

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Program length – 10 months


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100% of the program is online

After you complete the Paralegal Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Paralegal Associate Degree completion program.  That's only 17 months total to get an associate degree.

Reference:, retrieved 4/9/2020



Curriculum focuses on law offices proceedings, as well as professional and ethical responsibilities. Students complete courses in computer software, office procedures, law office technology, legal terminology, legal research and writing. Civil litigation, torts, probate, contract, real estate, bankruptcy, criminal and family law are taught, as well. Students also take classes in oral communication, written communication and social sciences to develop their interpersonal skills, customer focus and writing skills. Students participate in a mock deposition to utilize and sharpen their skills in a setting similar to what they might experience as legal professionals. Program includes an externship in a law office to provide relevant, real world experience.

Also known as legal assistants, paralegals perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research and drafting documents. The largest employers of legal assistants are law firms, but paralegals also work for in-house legal departments in the finance, insurance, consulting and healthcare sectors.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in Illinois for Paralegals is expected to increase by 16% between 2018 and 2028.1, retrieved 4/9/2020


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