ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs
Everest College Phoenix
Paralegal Studies Program
10400 N. 25th Ave., Suite 190
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Director: Kim Steinmetz
Type of Institution: Private, Proprietary, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 24 months
Description: The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Legal Assisting prepares students to research legal issues, draft legal documents, prepare pleadings, summarize documents, organize trial notebooks, and interview clients. The program provides students with both a practical and theoretical education in the legal profession. Under the supervision of an attorney, graduates will be able to use their skills in law and legal procedures in the areas of interviewing, gathering, reviewing and analyzing facts, research law, and preparing and interpreting legal documents. Westlaw computerized legal research and special Discovery software training is also included.
For more information: www.everestcollegephoenix.edu
875 W. Elliot Road; Ste. 206
Tempe, AZ 85284
Director: Lori L. Kissich
Telephone: 480.898.7000, ext. 4912
Type of Institution: Proprietary, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 18 months
For more information: www.lamsoncollege.com
Description: To prepare graduates for this career, a paralegal education at Lamson College includes specific legal skills, computer proficiency and an excellent general education. Students are encouraged to join local and state paralegal organizations, and an active paralegal club promotes professional events, guest speakers, and networking opportunities. A full-time Director of Placement works with employers regarding internships and job opportunities for our students. In addition, the program prepares graduates for success on the Certified Legal Assistant examination.
Paralegal Studies Program
640 N 1st Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003-1515
Director: Scott A. Hauert
Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
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 program: 3 semesters for Certificate; 4-5 semesters for AAS, depending on course selection
For more information: www.phoenixcollege.edu/legalstudies
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.
Pima Community College
1255 North Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85709-3030
Director: Joy D. O'Donnell
Type of Institution: Public; 2-yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate; Post-Associate Certificate
For more information: www.dtc.pima.edu
Description: The Post-Degree Certificate requires a previous Bachelor's or an Associate of Arts or Science degree from an accredited post-secondary institution.