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Associate of Arts (AA) Emphasis

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People working in law like to work with other people; can win the respect of their clients, associates, and the public; and have perseverance, creativity and reasoning abilities. They can analyze complex cases and handle new and unique legal problems. Other law-related jobs include legal assistants and paralegals, who are increasingly performing legal tasks carried out by attorneys.

attorneys act as both advocates and advisors. They are hired to advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on a multitude of legal issues and disputes. An attorney’s duties typically include advising and representing clients in courts, before government agencies, and in private legal matters; communicating with their clients and others; conducting research and analysis of legal problems; interpreting laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals and businesses; presenting facts in writing and verbally to their clients or others and arguing on their behalf; and preparing and filing legal documents such as lawsuits, appeals, wills, contracts, and deeds.


Demand for attorneys will result from growth in the population and in the general level of business activities. Competition for job openings will be intense because of the increasing number of students graduating from law schools each year. Paralegal positions are projected to grow faster than average, but stiff competition is expected. Attorneys may be employed in private practice, they may be self-employed, or they may work for legal services or local, state and federal government.

NOTEAll attorneys must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.


ECC’s Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree is designed to meet the requirements of colleges and universities to which students may wish to transfer for completion of baccalaureate (BA or BS) degrees. In many instances, transfer colleges accept this degree as equivalent to their own general education requirements.

Because the requirements for an AA  transfer degree change periodically, students should check with their academic advisor or the ECC Admissions Office to confirm that they have the most current information. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree they hope to obtain and for planning their schedule accordingly.

Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa

ECC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable ECC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at ECC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the ECC Admissions Office for more information!


  • Outside of the classroom, there are lots of opportunities to explore new interests and participate in activities that you’ll not only enjoy, but that will look great on a resume: dramatic arts, One Book project, Panther Service projects, Phi Theta Kappa, student government, and more.
  • ECC currently has the 17th highest student success rate (graduation rate + transfer rate) of any community college in the nation.
  • The College offers generous scholarships and financial aid packages, which is why our graduates have one of the lowest average student debt loads of any college in Iowa, public or private, two-year or four year!
  • What students appreciate about ECC is our smaller class sizes, which results in more one-on-one attention from the instructor and greater classroom success.

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Michael Emerson

Michael Emerson