Oakland Community College

Paralegal Program - Approved by the American Bar Association.


What is a Paralegal?

Although lawyers assume ultimate responsibility for legal work, paralegals provide the legal profession with a cost effective alternative to produce legal work.  A paralegal is    not a legal secretary, but instead a vital, educated member of a legal services team.  Paralegals, also known as Legal Assistants, work closely with attorneys to assist in:

  • Performing legal and factual research.
  • Drafting documents for filing with courts and agencies.
  • Drafting contracts, mortgages, and all manner of legal agreements.
  • Organizing trial documents, evidence, preparing witnesses & assisting at trials.
  • As well as many other substantive legal tasks

Paralegal employment is expected to grow much faster than average for at least the next decade according to the US Department of Labor. 

"After I was outsourced in my previous career, I researched several new career options. I chose paralegal because of its professionalism, high growth, and competitive wages. Even though I could walk to another paralegal program, I chose OCC because of its outstanding reputation in the legal community. It was the best career decision of my life!"

-Chris Putt, Paralegal - Garan Lucow Miller PC, 2011 OCC Paralegal Graduate