These Legal studies programs consist of several options Legal Assistant and Criminal Justice Studies. Both programs help prepare individuals for specific careers within the legal profession.
- The Legal Assistant program was planned with assistance from the West Virginia State Bar and a program advisory committee consisting of attorneys and legal assistants. The program has been granted approval by the American Bar Association. A legal assistant is a highly skilled paraprofessional with specialized training who works under the direct supervision of an attorney. Job responsibilities require knowledge of law and legal procedures in rendering direct assistance to lawyers and clients. Tasks may include interviewing, case investigation, the preparation of pleadings, and legal research. The increasing complexities of the legal assistant’s work environment have also created the need for individuals who possess skills including interpersonal, communication, analytical, decision-making, customer service, and computer skills. Legal Assistants cannot provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
- Criminal Justice Studies program teaches individuals about the criminal justice system and helps prepare them for multiple career opportunities to include law enforcement, private investigations, private security, and retail security.