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  • image Hello, I am Dr. Edmonds, Director of American paralegal Association. We are excited about our Litigation Paralegal Program. Litigation is the core of any law firm. Litigation paralegals are invaluable to attorneys before, during, and after the litigation process. Litigation paralegals form the backbone of the trial team. They manage the thousands of details involved in trial preparation, trial execution, and post-trial work. The outlook on the paralegal career is growing tremendously. This course requires individuals to be serious students. Lawyers need independent and very reliable paralegals. This career is very rewarding and I am excited to see students grow and learn. So, come join us. We are sure you will love our paralegal program!

    The median annual salary for paralegals in 2018 was $50,410, according to the latest data by the BLS. The national average salary for all occupations in 2018 was $50,620.

    Becoming A Paralegal In Maryland:

    Maryland's paralegals are not regulated, meaning that the state has not mandated any formal education or training requirements for paralegals. This enables aspiring paralegals to enter the field through on-the-job training or education.

    Like other states, Maryland's Rule 5.3 does define the scope of practice of paralegals. Rule 5.3 requires that paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney who accepts responsibility for their professional actions.

    American Paralegal Association - Paralegal Studies Mission Statement

    It is the mission of the Paralegal Studies program at American Paralegal Association to prepare students for entry-level positions in both the public and private sectors of the legal community. Students are taught both legal theory and practical legal skills in a supportive and challenging environment. The program is committed to enhance and encourage the critical thinking skills, communication, computer and organization skills. Students are encouraged to pursue academic excellence, professional growth and high ethical standards.

    Program Objectives

    The objectives of the program are to educate, train and prepare laypersons to assist attorneys in their daily tasks and to economically and efficiently deliver these legal services in the private and public sector of the legal community. The objectives coincide with the Mission Statement of American Paralegal Association, which includes responding to the needs of the community, providing superior academic, technical and training programs, encouraging the pursuit of lifelong learning and promoting responsible citizenship.

    Program Goals

    There are three fundamental goals of the Paralegal Studies Program:

  • to enhance and encourage critical thinking, organizational and communication skills;
  • to prepare students to enter the private and public sectors and assist attorneys in preparing legal work in the representation of clients.; and
  • to promote the growth of the paralegal profession by providing attorneys within the community with graduates who have substantial training in the practical application of the law and legal procedures.

    The purpose of this program is for training students to become paralegals and is not intended to be a program for training lawyers or administrators. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.