Updated: January 16, 2014 6:02AM
South Suburban College’s paralegal/legal assistant program recently was reapproved by the American Bar Association for a seven-year term, according to a news release from the college.
“I am pleased to announce that the American Bar Association House of Delegates has granted reapproval,” program coordinator Jason Cieslik said. “I am especially grateful to all those who spent countless hours with me during the reapproval process, including President (Don) Manning, our staff, advisory board, faculty, and students.”
As an ABA-approved institution, SSC graduates students who have a huge advantage when entering the work force, according to the release.
Many firms in the Chicago area are placing a heavy emphasis on paralegal applicants with a degree or certificate from an ABA-approved program, the release said.
“We are proud to serve that demand, and our students are proud to have earned a degree from an ABA-approved institution. All of our instructors are attorneys who teach our students to be successful paralegals upon graduation. We work hard to stay abreast of legal technology and legal trends to make sure our graduates transition from student to professional as seamlessly as possible,” Cieslik said in the release.
The paralegal profession is expected to grow 18 percent through 2020, the release said, citing U.S. Department of Labor statistics.
Residents of neighboring community college districts also can enroll in SSC’s program at the “in-district” tuition rate through cooperative agreements.
The curriculum prepares students to work in a variety of legal environments including civil and criminal litigation, insurance, banking, public and governmental agencies, law offices and corporate legal departments. Emphasis is placed on the development of core skills in legal research and writing techniques, including compilation and analysis of data, understanding legal vocabulary, law office technology and preparation of legal documents, the release said.
The majority of the paralegal classes are offered at the University and College Center, 16333 S. Kilbourn Ave., Oak Forest. Some classes are offered online and others at the main campus, 15800 S. State St., South Holland.
For more information, contact Cieslik at (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2579, or email JCieslik@ssc.edu.