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ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs


Broward College (f/k/a Broward Community College), Pembroke Pines
Eastern Florida State College, Melbourne
Florida SouthWestern State College (f/k/a Edison State College), Ft. Myers
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Miami Dade College, Miami
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale
Seminole State (formerly Community) College of Florida
South University, West Palm Beach
St. Petersburg College, Clearwater
Valencia College f/k/a Valencia Community College, Orlando

Alphabetical List of Approved Programs
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Broward College (f/k/a Broward Community College)
Legal Assisting Program
7200 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Program Director: Lynn Slossberg
Telephone: 954.201.8930
Fax: 954.201.8990

Degrees Offered: Associate Degree
For more information: www.broward.edu/academics/programs/legal/Pages/default.aspx/

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Eastern Florida State College
Paralegal Studies Program
3865 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
Program Director: Melissa Secrist
Telephone: 321.433.5775

Degrees Offered: Associate in Science
For more information: www.easternflorida.edu/

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Florida SouthWestern State College (f/k/a Edison State College)
Paralegal Studies Program
8099 College Parkway, S.W.
Ft. Myers, FL 33919
Program Coordinator: Mary Helen Conwell, JD
Telephone: 239.489.9424
Fax: 239.489.9314

Degrees Offered: Associate Degree
For more information: http://www.edison.edu/academics/programs/asparalegal

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Florida State College at Jacksonville
Paralegal Studies Program
Kent Campus
3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Room D-261
Jacksonville, FL 32205
Program Director: Nancy M. Sutton, JD
Telephone: 904.381.3589
Fax: 904.381.3663

Type of Institution: Public
Degrees Offered: Associate of Science
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.floridastatecollegecatalog.fscj.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=25&poid=4466&returnto=3189

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Miami Dade College
The Law Center/Paralegal Studies Program
300 N. E. 2nd Avenue
Room 3506-22
Miami, FL 33132-2297
Director: Marvelle McIntyre-Hall
Telephone: 305.237.3048
Fax: 305.237.3859

Type of Institution: Public College, 2yr., 4yr.
Degrees Offered: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science
Minimum length of time to complete the program: 2 years
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.mdc.edu/wolfson/academic/lawcenter/
Description: At Miami Dade College (MDC), opportunity changes everything. Nowhere is this more evident than at MDC's Law Center, which offers an "ABA Approved" Associate in Science Degree in Paralegal Studies. The program offers excellent learning opportunities both in the classroom and beyond. In addition to a rigorous curriculum, students excel in mock trial exercises, willingly serve as mentors to at-risk youth, and embrace community service opportunities through the Society of Law and Community Service (S.L.C.S.), a student led organization on campus. After graduation, students are prepared for entry-level jobs in law offices, government agencies, and bank or business corporations. It enables persons working in the field without a degree to upgrade their skills to become a qualified paralegal. In addition, graduates may apply to transfer to upper-division universities to complete a four-year degree.

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Nova Southeastern University
Paralegal Studies Program
Department of Behavioral Sciences
3301 College Avenue, Parker Building
Room 224
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33026
Program Coordinator: Jessica Garcia-Brown
Telephone: 954.262.7948
Fax: 954.262.3760

Degrees Offered: Baccalaureate Degree
For more information: http://cahss.nova.edu/departments/jhs/undergraduate/paralegal/

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Seminole State (formerly Community) College of Florida
Legal Studies Program
100 Weldon Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773-6199
Program Manager: Julianna Groot
Telephone: 407.708-2962
Fax: 407.708.2383

Degrees Offered: Legal Assisting/Paralegal Associate in Science Degree
For more information: www.seminolestate.edu

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South University -- West Palm Beach
Paralegal Studies/Legal Studies
9801 Belvedere Road
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
Director: Beth Marie Vissers
Telephone: 561.273.6500, ext. 6383
Fax: 561.273.6420

Type of Institution: Private, 2 yr, 4yr
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 1.5 yrs for AS; 3 yrs for BS
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.southuniversity.edu
Description: Both our Bachelor and Associate Degree programs feature a curriculum delivered by a combination of full-time faculty and experienced legal professionals in practice, and emphasize analytical and reasoning skills while providing the base knowledge to assist attorneys in investigating cases and preparing documentation for litigation or transactions. Our students continually develop their legal writing and research competence as the foundation coursework familiarizes them with the different areas of the law. Introductory and advanced core courses and a broad spectrum of electives prepare graduates to work as paralegals and perform specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.

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St. Petersburg College
Paralegal Studies Program
2465 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33765
Director: Susan Demers
Telephone: 727.791.2501
Fax: 727.791.5925

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies; Associate Degree

For more information: www.spcollege.edu

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Valencia College f/k/a Valencia Community College
Paralegal Studies
701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Mail Code 3-25
Orlando, FL 32825
Director: Wendy S. Toscano
Telephone: 407.582.2529
Fax: 407.582.8901

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: Six semesters, unless student has transfer credits
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.valenciacollege.edu
Description: Valencia Community College is located in Orlando, FL. Our paralegal classes are taught by experienced faculty. The program offers classes day and evening. Small class size provides an opportunity for meaningful interaction between student and faculty.

Updated: 03/01//2017

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