The following is a partial list of the paralegal schools and/or programs offered in Arizona. The APA does not promote or recommend any of the schools listed below, but provides them as a courtesy and for your convenience.
American National University (ANU)
Description: Offers 100% online ABA-approved paralegal programs designed to give you the knowledge, tools, and training necessary to work in the legal field. The associate degree program provides you with the fundamental knowledge of legal terminology, procedural law, drafting of legal documents, and the research skills necessary for career success. The certificate program is designed for recent college graduates seeking a legal career and/or experienced professionals seeking a career change to the legal industry. Students are required to take 16 quarter hours of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction. ANU's High Tech/High Touch approach to learning gives you the opportunity to attend class in real-time from anywhere. Our instructors have practical experience working in the legal field, allowing them to bring current professional expertise to the academic environment
Paralegal Studies Program (ABA* approved)
1202 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science, Certificate of completion for students with a college degree from an accredited institution. Minimum length of time to complete the program is three emesters for Certificate; four to five semesters for AAS, depending on course selection.
Description: Phoenix College is a member of the Maricopa Community Colleges. The Paralegal Program at Phoenix College has been educating students in the paralegal field since 1973. We offer both day and nighttime courses in a classroom setting taught by experienced attorneys and legal assistants from the community. The Paralegal Program places particular emphasis on core skills needed by entry-level paralegals such as legal writing, legal procedures, torts, legal research, and computerized law office applications. We also offer a rich variety of electives, including Criminal Procedure, Bankruptcy, Administrative Law, Family Law, Probate, and Real Estate. For more information:
NOTE: Phoenix College also offers a Certified Paralegal (CP) Review Course. The course is a five-week course held in Saturdays. To learn more about this course, visit: http://www.pc.maricopa.edu/legalstudies/cp/
Pima Community College
Paralegal Program (ABA* approved)
1255 North Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85709-3030
Description: Pima Community College is a public, two-year institution. Pima College's ABA-approved Paralegal Program offers an AAS Degree and a Post-Degree Certificate in Paralegal studies. We offer a solid foundation of core courses, several specialty electives, and an Internship opportunity. Our instructors are experts in their practice areas and are skilled teachers. Join us for an exciting new career, brush up on old skills, or explore a completely new area of law. Day and evening classes.
Description: The fully online Certificate of Completion (CCL) and Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal program is designed to provide students with training required for employment as a paralegal. The program covers foundations and types of law including business and tort law in addition to fundamentals of litigation. Courses focus on paralegal responsibilities in the various areas of law practice, including the development of effective written and oral communication skills, critical thinking skills, computer proficiency, and legal research techniques. Legal theory and ethics integrated throughout the program. Moreover, the program offers career development opportunities as well as a competitive internship program. Throughout the program, students will have the ability to hone their legal skills preparing them for the professional legal setting.Yavapai College
Program Director: (928) 717-7938
Degree offered: Associate of Applied Science – Paralegal Studies (This program can be completed entirely online)
The Paralegal Studies program is designed to prepare students for positions as paralegals in the legal and business fields. Individuals who are already employed in the legal field and seeking advancement opportunities may also select this program of study. Paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney and their work includes preparing legal documents, researching and compiling information, and communicating with clients. Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as computer literacy skills, are important to the paralegal. Note: This degree is primarily designed to prepare students for direct employment. Students who are preparing to transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution for an advanced degree in paralegal studies should contact an academic advisor for assistance in establishing an educational plan.
Arizona Western College (*In process of being ABA Approved)
Program Coordinator: Brenda Doak (928) 317-6479
Degrees Offered: Associates of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies.
Description: Arizona Western College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Their mission is to transform lives through education and partnerships to create thriving communities. Arizona Western College has 12 locations across 10,000 square mile, 2 county service area, and they host all three state universities on their main campus for face-to-face classes. Arizona Western College Paralegal Program will prepare students for entry level employment in law offices. It provides students with practical legal skills enabling them to draft legal documents. The Paralegal Program at Arizona Western College will familiarize students with fundamental concepts of substantive areas such as Torts, Business Law, Legal Writing, Legal Research, Computerized Law Office Support, and Legal Procedures. They also offer several specialty electives such as Criminal Procedure, Real Estate law, Probate, Bankruptcy, and Family Law.
Arizona State University
Program Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Degree offered: Legal Studies, MLS
They have several law programs. The accelerated Criminal Justice program can allow a Bachelor's and Master's degree in 5 years. They are ranked number 5 in the U.S.
The MLS degree is offered for people who want to understand legal principles and apply them to their fields of interest without becoming a lawyer. The Master of Legal Studies is a 30-credit hour graduate program for those interested in learning about the law or whose work intersects with the law. The program is is offered in the fall and spring, full-time and part-time, on-campus and online: https://law.asu.edu/degree-programs/mls/online.
*ABA Approved: Paralegal programs that have been approved by the American Bar Association. Please note that the ABA does not currently evaluate online schools. To learn more about the American Bar Association, visit www.americanbar.org.
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