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Welcome to Highline College Legal Studies Department

Summer 2018 Orientation

Come to our orientation and learn about opportunities in the paralegal profession and the Legal Studies Department. Gather information, meet with instructors and ask questions. If this time doesn’t work for you,  please make an appointment with one of our advisors.

Wednesday ~ July 18, 2018

 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Building 2 

Welcome to the Legal Studies Department

Enroll in the Legal Studies Department and learn the practical skills you need to obtain a rewarding position in the legal field.

We offer two Paralegal programs:

  • Our 2-year, ABA-approved, Associate of Applied Science program is our regular program for students wishing to acquire a degree in paralegal studies.
  • Our 1-year, ABA-approved, Paralegal Plus Certificate for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and wish to acquire a paralegal certificate.
Highline also has an AA program with emphasis in legal classes that would be transferable to a four-year university. This is not an ABA-approved program and it is not intended to prepare students for careers as paralegals.  See a Legal Studies advisor for more information.

Higher-education options for working in the legal field article

What higher-ed options are there for training to work in the legal field?

HCPA – Highline College Paralegal Association

The Highline College Paralegal Association is a student-run club that seeks to involve paralegal students from the Legal Studies department in networking, social activities, charitable activities, et. and is a great way to make friends!  It currently meets Tuesdays from 12:30 – 1:00 in Building 29 main floor conference room #242.  Questions?  Contact:  hazelsarahh@students.highline.edu; jneilson@highline.edu or blamb@highline.edu

Student Receives Award in Internship position

Neighborhood Legal Clinics Outstanding Non-Attorney Award – Scott Ensminger

My name is Scott Ensminger and I am a student in the Paralegal Plus program at Highline College. I started off my education with some fundamental legal class, including the course on ethics. One of the core requirements of the ethics course is the Community Justice Project, in which students seek out opportunities to volunteer with organizations that provide free or low-cost legal assistance. While I was looking at various organizations that I could join, I came across the website for the Neighborhood Legal Clinics, run through the King County Bar Association. I was able to get into contact with the current supervisor of the program and secure a position as a Client Intake and Administrative Assistant. After I had fulfilled the time requirements for the Community Justice Project, I continued working with the KCBA as part of my internship over last summer and into the present.

I found the Community Justice Project and the internship to be very rewarding experiences, as they offered me both an opportunity to “test the waters” of actually working in a legal setting and insight into the vast amount of need for legal assistance in King County. It really is rewarding to take what you have learned in class and have a chance to apply it to a real-world scenario; I found it to be far more gratifying than getting a good score on a quiz or test to be speaking with a client, listening to the legal issue they are facing, and find that I know the proper legal terminology to use when writing the notes for their appointment.

For anyone entering into the Community Justice Project or the internship, the best advice I think I can give is the advice that my ethics professor, Che’ Dawson, gave us: the best way to succeed and profit from the experience is to go in as if it was your real job. Be willing to stay a little later or take on some extra work to help out. I’ve done my best to follow that advice and think that it has paid off in spades. It is difficult to overestimate the value of the confidence, practical experience, and relationships with the legal professionals I’ve met through my time working with the KCBA.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Highline Legal Studies department is to provide students with a contemporary legal background in each vital area of law and to develop strong skills in legal research and writing. Students’ critical thinking is fostered through course work in the application of theory combined with a liberal arts core curriculum. Students will graduate with a mastery of legal and communications skills needed to succeed both personally and professionally in the legal community and in our society.

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Phone: (206) 592-3910

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Legal Studies Office
Building 29, Room 230

Highline College
Legal Studies Department MS 29-2

P.O. Box 98000
Des Moines, WA 98198-9800