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.

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.

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.

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