MISSOURI WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM

We would very much appreciate your participation in this voluntary survey.  You may choose to answer any or all of the questions.  You may also choose not to provide identifying information such as names and addresses.  Our purpose is to better serve our students pursuant to our American Bar Association (ABA) approval.  The information you provide us will be used by our department and released to the ABA.  Pursuant to our ABA approval, we must provide the names, work titles, places of employment, and the post-graduate education status of all of the graduates from our program.

IDENTIFYING INFORMATION:

 
 
 
 
 
 
Your current individual annual income:







Please describe any educational programs in which you are currently enrolled, including:

 
 
Enrollment status:  

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION:

 
 
Are you presently employed as a paralegal or in a legal-related environment?
 
If answered 'No' above, please answer the following questions if they apply.

I never worked as a paralegal or in a law-related environment

Worked as a paralegal, but left after _____ years/months for the following reason:






 
 
In the future, do you intend to work as a paralegal?  
 
Do you use your paralegal education in your work?
 

For those graduates employed in the legal profession, what is the type of your legal employment:







 
 
 
 
 

Please rate all areas of law in which you are personally engaged using a scale of 0 to 4.
0 = areas you are never engaged
4 = areas you are frequently engaged.

    0 1 2 3 4
ADR/Mediation  
Criminal  
Municipal Law  
Administrative Law  
Employee Benefits  
Personal Injury  
Bankruptcy  
Estate Planning  
Probate  
Business  
Environmental  
Real Estate  
Constitutional  
Family Law  
Secured Transactions  
Contracts  
Insurance Defense  
Securities  
Copyright/Patents  
International Law  
Trademark  
Corporate (General)  
Gov't Law  
Workers Compensation  

Please rate the computer software your firm uses on a scale of 0 to 4. Then name the brand of the software in the textbox provided.
0 = software never used
4 = software frequently used

Word Processing  
 
Presentation Software  
 
Spreadsheets  
 
Timekeeping/Billing  
 
Case management  
 
Litigation management  
 
Encryption software  
 
Voice recognition  
 
E-filing  
 
General databases  
 
On-line legal research  
 

Please rate all tasks you perform as part of this employment using a scale of 0 to 4.
0 = tasks you never do
4 = tasks you do frequently.

    0 1 2 3 4
Legal research  
Draft letters  
Draft pleadings  
Trial prep/assistance  
Draft memoranda  
Interview clients/witnesses  
File court papers  
Computer research  
Digest med. records/depositions  
File organization  
Title searches  
Management  
Draft discovery  
Other  

How did you obtain this employment?









Please rate the effectiveness of your educational experience in the MWSU paralegal program. 5 being superior and 1 being the poorest.

    5 = Superior 4 = Good 3 = Average 2 = Fair 1 = Poor
Quality of paralegal classes
 
Quality of instruction  
Preparation for a paralegal career  
Placement assistance  
Internship experience  
Number of legal courses offered  
Quality of law library  
Quality of computer training  
Academic advising assistance  
Overall quality of educational experience