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Paralegal Studies


Paralegal programs prepare people to do legal research and give support to lawyers. These programs are sometimes called legal assistance programs.

Paralegal programs include topics such as:

Paralegal programs prepare students for work in law offices, courthouses, and government agencies.


Many career and technical schools as well as most community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in paralegal studies. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in paralegal studies. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program of study by getting your high school diploma or GED.

Admission requirements for paralegal programs vary. Some programs require a college degree (associate or bachelor's). Others accept students with a high school diploma and legal work experience. At some paralegal schools, you have to pass a writing exam to be accepted.

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

You may also take courses in specialized areas of the law, such as intellectual property, criminal, environmental, elder law, bankruptcy, and tax law.

Things to Know

Many paralegal programs are offered part time, with options for day and evening classes.

Paralegals often take Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses throughout their career. These classes keep paralegal's skills and knowledge up-to-date.


King-Snohomish Area

Central Washington University - Des Moines

Central Washington University - Lynnwood

Edmonds Community College

Highline College

Spokane Area

Spokane Community College

Tacoma Area

Tacoma Community College

West Side Area

South Puget Sound Community College

Whatcom Community College