About This Program

Students in the program complete general education courses like English and speech as well as legal specialty courses. Course offerings include torts and litigation, family law, business law, probate and income tax.

All students complete an internship at an employment site working under the supervision of an attorney, during which time they use the skills and apply the knowledge gained in the classroom.

Graduates earn a Paralegal Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree.

Interested applicants with prior college degree may earn the Paralegal Certificate.

The course schedule is varied, but many classes are offered both day and evening sessions. The program is available at the DMACC-Des Moines (Urban) campus. Some courses require out-of-class work that must be done in a law library.


Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.