Technical Standards for Paralegal Technologies

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand nonacademic standards, skills, and performance requirements expected of a student in order to complete this particular curriculum.

If an accommodation is necessary to participate in the program, it is imperative to identify a reasonable accommodations to those students who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonableness is determined by Accessibility Resources and the program on a case-by-case basis utilizing the program technical standards. The accommodation needs to be in place prior to the start of the program, or it may delay your ability to start the program. It is the student’s responsibility to contact Accessibility Resources and request accommodations.

Skills Description Specific Examples
Motor Skills
  • Tactile control to operate computer-based keyboards
  • Ability to perform manual functions involving machine operation, filing, lifting, reaching and movement within an office setting
  • Demonstrate stability, mobility, balance, strength and agility to function as required in a legal setting engaged in walking, standing, lifting loads up to 50 pounds during daily, relevant, meaningful activities.
  • Be able to stoop, bend, twist, reach, and safely acquire supplies, files, texts, and other daily objects found in a legal office setting.
  • Be able to safely lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Be able to stand on your feet for periods in excess of 1 hour.
  • Be able to safely lift, move, adjust, transfer, or position office equipment using proper body mechanics.
  • Sufficient motor ability to execute the movement and skills required for safe and effective operation of various office machines including maintenance and operation of copiers, fax machines, laptop and desktop computers with relevant small parts.
Vision
  • Vision sufficient (or corrected) providing for ability to access printed and electronic documents.
  • Ability to participate actively in all classroom activities (lecture, small group and large group), and internship sites; to identify, assess and comprehend legal issues of potential clients assigned to interview for the purpose of assessment and evaluation of a legal claim.
  • Access information from LED displays on laptop and desktop computers, copy and fax machines, government office computers, etc.
  • Recognize and interpret non-verbal responses from the clients, including behavioral signs of aggression, fear, and pain.
  • Assess and manipulate the environment
  • Observe changes in client and adverse party behavior during and outside of office and court room activities.
Hearing
  • Sufficient ability to receive oral communication
  • Ability to participate actively in all classroom activities (lecture, small group and large group), and internship sites; to identify, assess and comprehend legal issues of potential clients assigned to interview for the purpose of assessment and evaluation of a legal claim.
  • Receive, assess, and interpret verbal communications from clients, families, fellow students and staff.
  • Be able to communicate effectively using telephones, microphones and other auditory equipment in an office setting
Technological Tactile control to operate computer-based keyboards
  • Operate various business machines and equipment in order to process information to and from websites, clients, and other business settings.
Communication Ability to receive communicated information using verbal, non-verbal and written formats with academic, office simulation and internship faculty, supervisors, students, clients, and members of a legal team.
  • Sensitively, professionally, and effectively elicit and assess verbal and non-verbal information while engaging in conversations with clients, adverse parties, faculty, staff, members of a legal team, and colleagues.
  • Recognize, accurately interpret, and professionally respond to non-verbal communications.
  • Effectively articulate verbal and written information to clients, instructors, law office team members, and fellow students in both academic and internship settings.
  • Receive, understand, and interpret written communication in both academic and internship settings.
  • Demonstrate active listening skills.
  • Receive feedback in academic, classroom, advising, and internship settings in a professional manner.
Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving
  • Ability to identify, research, read, comprehend, interpret and discuss legal topics
  • Ability to evaluate multiple, complex sources of law and compare to current legal topics or questions
  • Locate, read, comprehend, and retain relevant information in textbooks, class presentations, public records, and professional literature.
  • Integrate, retain and synthesize information to effectively solve problems and troubleshoot as needed.
  • Exercise sound professional judgement and complete tasks within required time limits.
  • Apply knowledge to both academic and internship or office simulation situations and solve problems using critical thinking
  • Follow ethical guidelines in all matters.
Interpersonal Skills
  • Possess the emotional health and stability necessary to exercise sound professional judgment and develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with faculty, staff, students, clients, supervisors, and other professional personnel in the legal system.
  • Possess the ability to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in law office settings with clients.
  • Possess compassion, integrity, and concern for others.
  • Demonstrate respect for academic and internship staff, students and instructors.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors and a strong work ethic.
  • Manage time, energy, and flexibility within heavy academic schedules and deadlines in academic, internship and home environments.
  • Demonstrate flexibility during client, class, internship, environmental, or situational change.
  • Demonstrate the emotional health needed to sustain professional behavior under physical and emotional stress.
  • Acknowledge and respect diverse individual values and opinions.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to cultural differences within academic, internship, and legal community settings.
  • Demonstrate a concern for others, appropriate interpersonal skills, interest and motivation.
  • Accept responsibility and accountability for one’s own actions.
  • Be able to manage student, faculty, internship, office and client relationships and exercise good judgment.
  • Attend to client needs with compassion, integrity and a concern for clients as human beings
  • Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with professional contact.
  • Be able to work independently and as a member of a team.

This document is intended to serve as a guide regarding the physical, emotional, intellectual and psychosocial expectations placed on a student. This document cannot include every conceivable action, task, ability or behavior that may be expected of a student. Meeting these technical standards does not guarantee employment in this field upon graduation. Ability to meet the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for any licensure, certification exam, or successful completion of the degree program.