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Paralegal Studies Program



Paralegals, also called legal assistants, work in a wide range of professional settings and are an integral part of the legal team.  Under the direct supervision of attorneys, paralegals perform legal research, legal writing, litigation management and support, and legal technology support.

Graduates of WKU’s Paralegal Studies Program have obtained employment in the following areas:

Private Law Practice                                    Corporate Legal Departments 

Court Services                                              Government and Political Offices

Title Companies                                            Banks and Mortgage Companies

Insurance Companies                                 Property Management Companies

Non-profit Organizations                             Higher Education Institutions

Legal Technology Support                          Human Resources Offices

Law Enforcement/Corrections                  Property Appraisal Companies

Litigation Consulting Firms                        Risk Management Firms

Employment/Career Services                   Real Estate Sales Companies



Paralegals shall not engage in unauthorized practice of law as proscribed by Kentucky law and the Supreme Court Rules (SCR 3.130 [5.5]) and must be appropriately supervised by an attorney to ensure the paralegal’s conduct is compatible with the professional and ethical standards of the practice (SCR 3.130[5.3]).


 Julie Shadoan, J.D.                                                       
 Paralegal Studies and Real Estate Program                 
TPH 235                                                                                                       


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 Last Modified 2/24/15