Students and graduates of the program will join over 2,000 paralegal alumni who have contributed to making the Madonna University Paralegal program the best in metropolitan Detroit. Potential employers often refer students to the program so they can be a “Madonna Paralegal." The job opportunities for paralegals are outstanding with salaries starting at approximately $40,000-$50,000 and within five years ranging from $55,000 to $85,000. After 10 years, paralegals can make $85,000 to $100,000 annually in high-demand legal specialties such as e-discovery, contract administration and corporate law. They are employed in full-time jobs with benefits in the top law firms, corporations and courts.
The goals and objectives of the Paralegal Studies Program are to produce extremely competent and well-rounded individuals who will be able to assist an attorney in various areas of the law. The program teaches practical paralegal skills in conjunction with a liberal arts education. This allows graduates to serve a modern, multicultural society with a valuable skill. This also includes educating B.S.N credentialed nurses to become nurse paralegals.
The challenging program is an excellent undergraduate pre-law major with legal research and writing courses that prepare students very well for the first year of law school. Completion of the degree or certificate requirements does not authorize the graduate to practice law as an attorney, or provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
|Madonna University M.B.A|
|MSU College of Law|
|University of Detroit Mercy Law School|
|MSU Graduate School|
|CMU Graduate School|
|University of Toledo Law|
|Wayne State University Law|
|Thomas Cooley Law School|
|Ford Motor Company-OGC|
|Ford Motor Credit|
|Wayne County Prosecutor|
|Pepper Hamilton, LLP|
|Honigman Law Firm|
|The Kitch Law Firm|
|General Motors Legal Department|
|U.S. Attorney's Office|
|U.S. Department of Justice|
|Federal Court-Eastern District of MI|
|Oakland County Circuit Court|
|Michigan Court of Appeals|
Paralegal Manager, Dykema
I chose Madonna University because Madonna's reputation precedes it! Early on in my legal career, I worked closely with paralegals, also Madonna alums, who inspired me to pursue my degree(s) from Madonna.
Upon graduation, I was working as a full-time paralegal. I have since moved into law firm administration at the Detroit office of Dykema, a large law firm which is one of the top 200 law firms in the country, where I manage the paralegal team.
The experience and education at Madonna is special because faculty care about each student. The class sizes are small and the faculty spend one-to-one time investing in each student. I also appreciate the spiritual feelings that come with attending Madonna. Having an ABA approved degree from Madonna has ensured that I have the option to work in either corporations, or in law firms, while remaining competitive in the market. Being a Madonna student comes with real life experience and top notch education. I found it most rewarding that I was prepared and able to jump right in and add substantive value in each of my possessional positions.
2017 Paralegal Program Graduate
I chose Madonna because the paralegal program was ABA approved and the amazing reputation Madonna University grads have in the legal world. As a transfer student, Madonna also accepted all my previously earned credits and made the transition from associates degree to bachelor's degree seamless.
The atmosphere of Madonna is truly welcoming. The professors are more than teachers, they become mentors and people that you want to stay in contact with.
Since my graduation in 2017, I was employed by a large defense firm as a paralegal. Then, I decided to continue my education and go to law school. I am currently a 2L at Michigan State University College of Law.
The paralegal program laid a great foundation of the basics of the legal field and set me up for success. Because I chose Madonna, I have had a successful start to my career with a great job as a paralegal, then I had my choice of law schools around the nation. The program has set me apart from my peers not only during my time in the working field but as I continue my education in law school. Choosing Madonna University's paralegal program has been one of the best decisions I have made for my academic and professional career.
The most rewarding experience I have had since graduating would be starting law school with a very generous scholarship from Michigan State, being in the top 10% of my class, and now being a member of the Michigan State Law Review.
Judicial Assistant to the Honorable Michael J. Riordan,
Michigan Court of Appeals
My position reports directly to the judge. My primary responsibilities include a variety of secretarial and administrative activities to assist in the operation of a judge's chambers in a confidential and professional manner including: scheduling, processing and coordinating votes for motion docket, ensuring case files are complete, proofing opinions, preparing files for cases and motion dockets, and coordinating case call dates, court meetings and personal appointments for the judge. I also serve as initial contact in judge's chambers, answering inquires or directing callers to appropriate staff and other assigned tasks involved with daily operations.
Additionally, I assist the judge in preparing opinions by researching various legal issues and checking the lower court records to verify the facts.
Madonna's Paralegal Program faculty and advisors take an active interest in making sure their students succeed. I was nervous about making a career change, but the support of the advisors made the challenge a success. Madonna was the perfect choice for me. It was close to home and had web based and evening courses that allowed me to earn my degree while working full time while raising a family. The intimate class size and individual attention is second to none. The challenging legal research and writing courses prepared me for my duties with the Michigan Court of Appeals. The variety of courses offered was also beneficial since we handle criminal, civil, and termination of parental right cases at the court. I began employment with knowledge of Westlaw and Lexis as well as the ability to use the law library we have on site. I was able to assist the judge and law clerk with research assignments with little direction upon gaining employment. Judge Riordan told me that he was interested in a Madonna graduate because he has had great experiences with them in the past. I do not believe I would have my career today without the knowledge and experience I gained at Madonna. The Paralegal Program has a great reputation within the legal community and I am proud to be a Madonna alumni.
The Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Paralegal Certificate provides nurses holding a BSN degree and significant clinical nursing experience, a chance to utilize their nursing knowledge and legal concepts to assist attorneys in litigation of cases where there has been an injury or death, as well as in areas of risk management, insurance and elder care.
Ph.D., Arizona State University
B.S., Wayne State University
Early in my career, I investigated the neural mechanisms of drug addiction, primarily through the use of lab rats. Following my time in the world of animal research, I decided to take a position as a Research Psychologist with the U.S. Army. I spent several years traveling across the country to many of our outstanding military installations and working with Soldiers suffering from some of the "invisible" wounds of war (i.e., posttraumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury).
I was also part of the longitudinal study in which we administered neurocognitive test batteries and drew blood for genetic/proteomic testing from hundreds of Soldiers prior to their first deployment with the hope that this information might better help us identify some key behavioral and neurochemical predispositions to developing combat-related psychological disorders.
I am currently Chair of Madonna's Institutional Review Board, and I am the Faculty Advisor for Psychology Club and Psi Chi (Psychology's Honors Society).
J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
B.A., Michigan Sate University
Dr. Mary Meinzinger Urisko, J.D., is a Professor and the Director of the Paralegal Studies Program. Dr. Meinzinger Urisko holds a B.A. Degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University, a J. D. from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.
Dr. Meinzinger Urisko is co-author of The Paralegal Today 7th.ed, an introduction to law textbook for paralegals, published by Cengage. Her research focuses on changes in the law needed to keep the textbook current.
Additionally, Dr. Meinzinger Urisko has published articles in The Michigan Legal Assistant, Legal Assistant/Paralegal Today and Facts & Findings, as well as speaking at the annual Legal Assistants’ Day sponsored by the Michigan Bar Association Paralegal/Legal Assistants Section, LAAM's job fair, and the national American Association for Paralegal Studies annual conference.
Dr. Meinzinger Urisko is a recipient of the Michigan Bar Association Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section’s Mentor Award.
J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
LL.M., Wayne State University
B.A., University of Michigan
Dr. V. Lynn Carlino, J.D., LL.M. is a Professor in the Paralegal Studies Program. Dr. Carlino holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law, and a Master of Law in Corporate and Finance from Wayne State University.
She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and Macomb County Bar Association.
She teaches Legal Research and Writing I and II, Legal Research on the Internet, Litigation, Contractual and Commercial Relations, Real Estate, and Computer Assisted Legal Research.
Dr. Carlino teaches courses both on campus and online and is a certified on-line instructor.
Prior to joining Madonna University, she was an Assistant Professor at Lansing Community College and prior to that she was the Associate Dean of Business at Baker College of Clinton Township.