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.
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|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|
Class of 2016, law student at Michigan State University College of Law, Law Clerk at Helm Law
When I began my studies at Madonna University at age 18, I was unsure about what I wanted to do for a career. As a child, I experienced the veracity of the legal system, and wanted to become an attorney. As it seemed a difficult goal to accomplish, I majored in Business Administration. In the middle of my sophomore year, I switched from Business to Paralegal Studies. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in four years and graduated from Madonna in May, 2016. Currently, I am pursuing my law degree at Michigan State’s College of Law. I anticipate a May 2020 graduation date.
Madonna’s Paralegal Program absolutely helped with my transition into law school. The paralegal classes are taught by mentors disguised as professors who truly have their students’ best interests at heart. In the Program, I gained a legal vocabulary that most law students do not acquire until completion of their first year of law school. Most importantly, the Paralegal Program requires students to take two Legal Research and Writing Classes. These classes made my law school Legal Research and Writing classes much easier, and unlike many law school peers, I didn’t spend late nights drafting. I had already learned how to draft legal documents at Madonna. The Madonna Paralegal Program gives any prospective law student a solid foundation to be successful in law school.
Academics aside, the Paralegal Program has been essential to my career preparation. The Program’s required internship led to my current job at Helm Law in Plymouth, Michigan where I have gained litigation experience. I have played a substantial role in more than 130 cases over two and a half years. I have sat at the counsel table for multiple jury trials and ADR hearings. I have become competent in every step of the litigation process. Additionally, I had an opportunity to clerk for a judge prior to law school. This amount of experience is rare for someone who has not completed at least the first year of law school. Again, this would not have been possible without the Madonna Paralegal Program.
I highly recommend Madonna’s Paralegal Program. The combination of classroom learning and internship experience is invaluable. The Paralegal Program will help fulfill whatever legal goal a student might have, be it pursue a career as a successful paralegal, or go on to law school.
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.
Chair, History and Paralegal Studies
Director, General Studies Program
M.A., University of Michigan
Professor Dennis Bozyk presently serves as Chair of the Department of History. He earned his M.A. in History from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and completed his doctoral course work in the History of International Relations at Michigan State University. He offers classroom and online courses at the undergraduate and graduate level to Madonna's on-campus students and to international students in Dubai, China and Haiti.
He has received the Faculty Excellence Award from the university and continues to place the highest priority on advising and teaching. Bozyk has presented scholarship in the discipline of history and in the theory and practice of university teaching and learning.
Bozyk has been awarded individual grants from such prestigious groups as the Kellogg Foundation and the Lilley Endowment, and has participated in university grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Michigan Humanities Council.
He is a member of several scholarly organizations related to history, including the American Historical Association and the Historical Association of the United Kingdom.
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 Assistant 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.
She teaches Introduction to Paralegal Studies, several legal research and writing courses—both on campus and online, Business Associations, Contracts and ADR. She is a Madonna University certified on-line instructor. Her favorite classes are the online research courses.
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.