Career Quest Now Offers Paralegal Studies & Legal Secretary Programs

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Career Quest has introduced new Paralegal and Legal Secretary programs at its Lansing and Jackson campuses. The programs are designed to prepare students for careers as paralegals, law clerks, legal analysts, legal assistants, and paralegal specialists.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. They say that this growth projection is due to law firms increasing efficiency of legal services and lowering expenses by hiring more paralegals and legal assistants.


“We’ve been watching labor statistics and trends and know that this is a burgeoning field, full of opportunity for potential students,” said Career Quest Learning Centers President/CEO Robert McCart. “Law firms are great employers of paralegals, but we’re also seeing large corporations increasing their in-house legal departments by hiring more paralegals and legal assistants.”


The 15-month Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies degree program and the 8-month Legal Secretary program are offered in a blended format, which combines face-to-face training with industry professionals on campus, along with flexible online learning.


Students who participate in the Paralegal Studies degree program will learn:

  • Family law, contracts, business law, and criminal law
  • Office computer programs
  • Written and oral communication skills


Students who participate in Legal Secretary diploma program will learn:

  • Family law, business law, dispute resolution, contracts, evidence and torts
  • Office computer programs
  • Mathematical and orderly reasoning
  • Written and oral communication skills


Students in both programs will also complete a required externship course to apply the skills learned in a real-world, on-the-job business environment.


Since 1995, Career Quest Learning Centers has implemented its mission to change lives by putting people to work in their chosen field through technical and personal skills training.  Career Quest provides quality education and training with the equipment and technology found in the current workplace. 


“Teachers work with you so well and they get you to that goal. I feel like they really set you up for success.”


“If anyone’s looking to get into an office setting, this is a great start because you can get all those basic computer skills that employers are looking for."