Paralegal Studies

PARALEGAL STUDIES

The Paralegal Program at Ivy Tech Community College strives to accelerate greatness and excellence in its curriculum. To achieve such a standard, the Program provides knowledge in many substantive areas of law and engages the students in an environment where they receive practical skills.

According to the Indiana Code, a paralegal is defined as a person who is:

  • qualified through education, training, or work experience; and
  • employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency, or other entity; to work under the direction of an attorney in a capacity that involves the performance of substantive legal work that usually requires a sufficient knowledge of legal concepts and would be performed by the attorney in the absence of the paralegal.  (Indiana Code 1-1-4-6)

The overall Program goal is to give the students the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful as entry level paralegals, working under the supervision of lawyers, or successful transfer to a four year institution. Paralegals are not licensed attorneys and are not able to render legal advice.

The Program's objectives are that students and graduates of the paralegal program will be able to:

  • Practice as a legal assistant or paralegal in either the private or public sector;
  • Apply ethical reasoning;
  • Communicate effectively  in written and oral forms;
  • Perform legal research, and
  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking

Degree:

Associate of Applied Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

An Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) is a work-ready degree.  This degree will give a student the courses and training needed to go directly into the workforce upon graduation.  The courses are offered in various formats to meet the student's individual needs.  We offer courses on various campuses, strictly online, hybrid (accelerated eight-week courses) and synchronous online where a portion of the courses are taught online while the class also meets at a set time once a week through conference calls.

Courses you will take

Electives

Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

Associate of Applied Science - Online (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

An Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) is a work-ready degree.  This degree will give a student the courses and training needed to go directly into the workforce upon graduation.  The courses are offered in various formats to meet the student's individual needs.  We offer courses on various campuses, strictly online, hybrid (accelerated eight-week courses) and synchronous online where a portion of the courses are taught online while the class also meets at a set time once a week through conference calls.

Courses you will take

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

Transfer Degree:

Associate of Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

An Associate of Science (AS) degree prepares you for transfer to pursue a Baccalaureate degree (BA).  Whether you are pursuing your BA in Paralegal Studies or something different, this degree is accepted at various Indiana four-year institutions that have articulation agreements with Ivy Tech.  Be sure to ask your advisor if this is the right degree for you!

Courses you will take

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

Associate of Science - Online (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

An Associate of Science (AS) degree prepares you for transfer to pursue a Baccalaureate degree (BA).  Whether you are pursuing your BA in Paralegal Studies or something different, this degree is accepted at various Indiana four-year institutions that have articulation agreements with Ivy Tech.  Be sure to ask your advisor if this is the right degree for you!

Courses you will take

Transfer Options

To find out information about your transfer options to public and private universities, contact your academic advisor or the Transfer Office at your local Ivy Tech campus. You are also encouraged to contact the university in which you plan to transfer.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

Why choose the Paralegal Studies program?

Students who are interested in the law in any capacity would benefit from the Paralegal Studies program.  The ability to communicate through both the spoken and written word, as well as perform research are essential to the field.  Students will l earn the substantive nature of the law, as well as how to transfer that knowledge into the skills needed to be successful in the legal profession.

Paralegal Studies programs are offered at the following Ivy Tech campuses:

Bloomington
Contact:
Matthew Schulz
Assistant Professor
(812) 330-6107
mschulz15@ivytech.edu
Central Indiana (Indianapolis)
Contact:
Lara O'Dell
IFC 509
(317) 921-4443
lodell3@ivytech.edu

Columbus
East Central (Anderson, Marion, Muncie)
Contact:

Ron Henderson
Program Chair
1-800-589-8324, ext. 1110

rhenderson9@ivytech.edu

Program Summary (pdf)

Kokomo (Kokomo, Logansport)
Contact
Kristi Osenbaugh, program chair
800-459-0561, ext. 305
Lafayette  (Lafayette)
Contact
Linda Kampe
Program Chair, Paralegal Studies
(765) 269-5453
North Central (Elkhart, South Bend, Warsaw)

For more information contact Marcus Ellison at 574-289-7001, ext. 6373 or mellison12@ivytech.edu.

Northeast (Fort Wayne)
Contact:

Heidi Fowler
Program Chair
260-482-9171 x2521
hfowler9@ivytech.edu

Northwest (East Chicago, Gary, Michigan City, Valparaiso)
Paralegal Studies Program Chair

   Nicole Fech
   Valparaiso Campus
   (219)464-8514

Paralegal Studies Program Information

Regional Curriculum Guides
Richmond
Contact:

Dr. Ron Oler
Program Chair
Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond
2357 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN 47374-1298
Phone: 765-966-2656, ext. 1127  Toll free: 800-659-4562, ext. 1127
Fax: 765-962-8741
Email: roler@ivytech.edu
www.ivytech.edu/richmond   

Degrees offered at Richmond region:
-Online Associate of Applied Science
-Online Associate of Science


Southeast (Lawrenceburg, Madison)
School of Public and Social Services - Paralegal Studies Program
MADISON

590 Ivy Tech Drive
Madison, IN 47250

Joe Moore
(812) 265-2580 Ext. 4171
(800) 403-2190 Ext. 4171
ljmoore@ivytech.edu

LAWRENCEBURG & BATESVILLE

50 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Holly Nichols
(812) 537-4010 Ext. 5261
(800) 715-1058 Ext. 5261
hnichols11@ivytech.edu

Southern Indiana (Sellersburg)
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Contacts

Betsy Boyd
Administrative Assistant
Pfau Hall
812 246.3301 ext 4725

Marcy Ziegler
Program Chair

Mary Ann Bennett
Dean School of Public and Social Services 
ext 4311

Southwest (Evansville)

Paralegal Studies Program Sheet

Contact:

Megan M. Alvarez, J.D.
Program Chair
812.492.0267
malvarez16@ivytech.edu

Wabash Valley (Terre Haute)

Contact:

Jamie Houston
Department Chair/Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Human Services and Paralegal Studies
812.298.2395
jhouston29@ivytech.edu

  • Corporations
  • County Prosecutor's Offices
  • County Defender's Offices
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Nonprofit Agencies
  • Private Law Firms

  • Paralegal
  • Legal Assistant
  • Bailiff
  • Claims Representative
  • Compliance Officer
  • Judicial Assistant