Paralegal Schools in Connecticut

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 Connecticut have come to rely on paralegals with the kind of expertise that can only come from earning a certificate or degree in paralegal studies.

Looking to break into the legal field for the first time? Looking to make a career change, or simply interested in adding a prestigious credential that’s going to help you move up in line for the next promotion?

We tried to simplify that task of selecting the right program by providing you with a list of our top picks of paralegal degree and certificate programs available through the best online schools. We’ve evaluated each program and reviewed key quality factors like accreditation.

There are plenty of out-of-state schools that offer exclusively online programs without expensive out-of-state tuition rates. Request information to learn more about tuition, curriculum, and course scheduling.

 

Branford Hall Career Institute

Paralegal Certificate – On-campus and online

  • Non-credit continuing education
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

What we like about Branford Hall’s program is the convenience it offers. The program is structured in a hybrid format, so some of the courses are taken on-campus while other courses are completed online. As an added bonus, the program also offers an externship opportunity and career placement assistance.

Branford Hall Career Institute is a continuing education school with campuses in Branford, Southington, and Windsor, and has additional campuses in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.  The paralegal program is only available at the Southington campus.

 

Charter Oak State College

Paralegal Certificate – Online

  • Non-credit continuing education
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Charter Oak State College is a distance learning institution, with administrative offices in New Britain.

This certificate program caught our attention because it’s approved by the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA).  In fact, the paralegal program at Charter Oak State College was actually developed in conjunction with CBA.

Classes typically run 8 weeks in length and can be completed entirely online.  There is an optional internship opportunity included with the program. Any student without previous legal experience would be required to participate in the internship.

 

Manchester Community College

Associate of Science (AS), Paralegal – On-campus

Paralegal Certificate – On-campus (post-associate)

  • ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

The associate degree option through Manchester Community College is a traditional 60-credit program. The paralegal certificate is 23 credits and is available to students who already hold an associate degree.

To help accommodate students working full-time, most classes are offered during the evening hours.  Of course, many of the general education courses can be completed online.  However, according to ABA standards, at least 10 legal specialty credits must be completed in a traditional classroom setting.  As an added bonus, both the degree and the certificate program offer students an internship opportunity.

 

Naugatuck Valley Community College

Associate of Science in Legal Assistant/Paralegal Studies – On-campus

Certificate in Legal Studies/Paralegal – On-campus (undergraduate, pre-degree)

  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Naugatuck Valley Community College is a 2-year school with campuses in Waterbury and Danbury. The paralegal degree requires 62 credits of study, while the paralegal certificate only requires 24 credits.  Both programs include core topics like litigation, probate practice, legal research and writing, and bankruptcy law.  As an added perk, both programs also include an intern experience. Courses can be completed on the Waterbury or Danbury campus.

 

Norwalk Community College

Associate of Science (AS) – Legal Assistant – On-campus

Legal Assistant Certificate – On-campus (post-associate)

  • ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

What we like about the paralegal programs at Norwalk Community College is that both the degree and the certificate program are approved by the American Bar Association.  The associate degree is 61 credits in length.  The paralegal certificate is 30 credits in length and is open to students who have already earned an associate degree.

Students must have a minimum of 18 liberal arts credits in order to enroll in the certificate program.  Both programs offer the opportunity to work alongside experienced paralegals in an internship program at area law firms and businesses.

 

Post University

Certificate in Paralegal Studies – On-campus and online (undergraduate, pre-degree)

  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

What we really like about the paralegal program through Post University in Waterbury is the flexibility and convenience it offers. In fact, students can opt to complete courses on-campus or online, whichever works best for their schedule.

The program includes core topics like civil litigation, real estate law, and business law and includes an optional legal studies internship at the end of the program.

 

Quinnipiac University

Minor/Certificate in Legal Studies – On-campus (concurrent with bachelor degree)

  • ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

The Legal Studies Minor at Quinnipiac is a 21-credit program taken concurrently with a bachelor’s degree program.  What really stands out about the program they offer is that it’s ABA-approved and taught by a faculty of highly experienced lawyers and legal experts.

The program includes the usual core paralegal topics and offers additional elective courses in intellectual property, mediation/negotiation, and legal advocacy.  An internship work experience is included as well.  All courses are offered on-campus at the Mount Carmel, York Hill, or North Haven campuses.

 

Sacred Heart University

Paralegal Certificate – Online

Advanced Paralegal Certificate – Online

Legal Secretary Certificate – Online

  • Non-credit continuing education
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Sacred Heart University is a private Catholic university with campuses in Fairfield, Bridgeport, Griswold, Trumbull, and Stamford. These programs are offered in conjunction with the Center for Legal Studies (CLS), a legal education entity providing high-quality online legal education to colleges and universities nationwide.

The paralegal certificate is offered online in two 7-week consecutive courses.  The total cost to complete the program, including books, tuition, and Westlaw access, is $1,740.

The advanced paralegal certificate course is open to students who have completed the paralegal certificate course.  The advanced certificate requires six additional topics of study, and students are allowed to take up to three topics per 7-week session. The total cost to complete the advanced certificate program is $1,800.

The legal secretary certificate is offered in one 7-week online session and costs $645.

 

University of Hartford

Associate of Science (AS) in Paralegal Studies – On-campus

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in University Studies with a Paralegal Studies concentration – On-campus

Paralegal Certificate – On-campus (post-associate)

  • ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

University of Hartford is a 4-year private university with an expansive campus that provides convenient access to students in Hartford, West Hartford, and Bloomfield. What we really like about this school is that all three program offerings are ABA-approved and that the programs are designed with the flexibility needed to meet the demands of working students.  In fact, courses are offered in the evening hours and on Saturdays, and students can choose to attend on a part-time or full-time basis.

The associate degree option requires 60 credits, while the bachelor degree option requires 120 credits.  An internship is included only with the bachelor degree program, during which students complete at least 120 hours of work in an assigned law office, government agency, or legal clinic.

The post-associate certificate program requires enrolling students to have 30 credits in liberal arts.  Students attending full-time can finish their certificate in as little as 9 months.

 

University of New Haven

Associate of Science (AS) in Legal Studies – On-campus

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Legal Studies with a Paralegal Concentration – On-campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate – On-campus (post-associate)

  • ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

The University of New Haven is a 4-year private university with satellite campus locations in Orange, Old Lyme, and New London. The associate degree option is 60 credits in length, while the bachelor degree option is 125 credits – 5 credits more than the typical bachelor’s program. In order to enroll in the 18-credit certificate program, students need to have at least 42 college credits.

Students can participate in a legal internship with any of these programs, though only bachelor’s program students receive credit hours for participating. Students pursuing a paralegal associate degree or certificate still have the option to participate in a non-credit internship.

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