The body of knowledge required to effectively perform legal support services can only come from a formal education in paralegal studies. As attorneys, corporations and government agencies work within an increasingly complex legal framework, the level of responsibility they expect paralegals to be able to take on has also increased. Law offices and other employers in Arkansas have come to rely on paralegals with the kind of expertise that can only come from earning a certificate or degree in paralegal studies.
Perhaps you’ve just graduated from high school and you’ve got your sights set on working in one of Arkansas’ top law firms as a paralegal. Perhaps you’ve been working in the legal field for years, and now you’re ready to take that next step forward in your career. Regardless of whether you need that associate’s degree to get your foot in the door, or you’re looking for something more advanced to sharpen your skills, choosing a school is one of the most important decisions you have to make.
We understand that it can be overwhelming with all the options available to you. To make this task of selecting a quality program a little easier, we’ve compiled a selection of our favorite picks. In making our picks, we looked for schools that meet the national mark of excellence – accreditation. Most of our picks offer an online option, and all are accredited by regional or national accreditation bodies.
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) is a 2-year community college located in Bentonville, with additional campuses in Springdale and Farmington.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies – On-Campus
University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College
The University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College is a 2-year public school in North Little Rock.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Technology – On Campus
Paralegal Technology Technical Certificate – On Campus
Certificate of Proficiency in Paralegal Technology – On Campus
Technical Certificate in Legal Secretarial – On Campus
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Arkansas, Little Rock is a 4-year public university in Little Rock. Satellite campus locations include Fayetteville, Monticello, and Pine Bluff.
Minor in Legal Studies – On Campus
Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies – On Campus