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ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs


Hamline University, St. Paul
Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights
Minnesota State University, Moorhead
National American University, Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area
North Hennepin Community College, Minneapolis
Winona State University, Winona

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Hamline University
Paralegal Certificate Program
1536 Hewitt Avenue, MS-B1805
St. Paul, MN 55104
Director: Margaret C. Hobday
Telephone: 651.523.2629
Fax: 651.523.3170

Type of Institution: Private, 4 yr
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: certificate-9 months; BA-4 yrs
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: http://www.hamline.edu/cla/legal-studies/paralegal-certificate.html
Description: Hamline University offers a paralegal program that integrates the liberal arts and specific paralegal instruction. We welcome new college students, transfers and post-baccalaureate students. Our students learn to use the library and engage in joint litigation projects with the aspiring lawyers of our law school. Since we are located in a dynamic urban environment, the Twin Cities of Minnesota, we can place our students in a wide variety of interesting internship positions and jobs. We offer full-time placement, counselors and a wide variety of extracurricular activities in an exciting urban environment known for music, sports, the arts and entertainment. Hamline is Minnesota's oldest university.

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Inver Hills Community College
Legal Assistant Program
2500 80th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076-3224
Director: Sally Dahlquist
Telephone: 651.450.3567
Fax: 651.450.3679

Degrees Offered: Associate Degree
For more information: https://voices.inverhills.edu/paralegal/

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Minnesota State University Moorehead
Paralegal Department
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563
Director: Tracy Gompf
Telephone: 218.477.2862
Fax: 218.477.2590

Type of Institution: Public, 4 yr
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 2 yrs (with prior liberal studies requirements completed).
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.mnstate.edu/paralegal
Contact Judy Streich, Chair, for more information by Telephone: or e-mail (see above). The paralegal website is continually updated and revised with new features in the planning.

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National American University (Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area)
(Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Burnsville, Minnetonka and Roseville, MN locations)
Paralegal Studies Program
513 Travelers Trail
Burnsville, MN 55337
Director: Ann M. Vidoloff
Telephone: 952.563.1250
Fax: 952.563.1255

Type of Institution: Private, Propriety, 4 yr. University
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science, Associate in Applied Science
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: http://www.national.edu
Description:  National American University in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area offers both a Bachelor of Science degree and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies.  Classes for a Paralegal Studies degree can be taken at one of five convenient campuses: Bloomington, MN; Brooklyn Center, MN; Burnsville, MN; Minnetonka, MN and Roseville, MN.  National American University’s mission is to welcome students of diverse interests, cultures and abilities and prepare them for careers in technical and professional fields by providing quality higher education in a caring and supportive environment.

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North Hennepin Community College
Paralegal Program
7411 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Director: Mary Gillen Fenske
Telephone: 763.488.0294
Fax: 763.493.0560

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 12 months (if general education requirements have been met).
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: http://nhcc.edu/academic-programs/degrees-and-certificates/paralegal
Description: The objectives of the program are: 1) To teach the nature and scope of occupational opportunities in the paralegal field; 2) To provide students with a well-rounded educational background; 3) To train paralegals to carry out specific legal procedures in specific areas of law; and 4) To teach students legal ethics, critical thinking, and the exercise of discretion in carrying out specific legal procedures. Paralegal courses are offered in the afternoon and evening. The program prepares students for entry into a paralegal career and provides employed paralegals with an opportunity to enhance their legal knowledge and skills.

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Winona State University
Paralegal Program
209 Minne' Hall
P. O. Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987-5838
Director: Gregory L. Richard
Telephone: 507.457.5411
Fax: 507.457.5688
Degrees Offered: Baccalaureate Degree

Updated: 2/17/2016

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