Paralegal Schools in Delaware

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

Maybe you’re looking to get a jump on your career straight out of high school… maybe you’ve got a degree in another area but want to make a career change… maybe you’ve been in the legal field for years and this is your year to make your next big move by earning an advanced certificate or even a master’s. Whether you’re new to the field, looking to refocus your career, or just looking to advance in your current position, choosing a school to entrust with your future is one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make.

Here, we’ve tried to make that task a bit easier by listing our top picks for online options available in Delaware. Our selections are based on quality, so we’ve reviewed key factors like national and regional accreditation – all of the schools we selected are accredited.

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Delaware Technical Community College

Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) is a 4-year public college located in Georgetown, with additional campuses in Dover, Stanton, and Wilmington.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal – On-campus

Paralegal Certificate – On-campus (Post-associate)

  • ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The paralegal program at Delaware Technical Community College caught our attention for its longstanding ABA approval. DTCC’s paralegal program is eligible for the Connected Degree Program, a transfer program the school offers to help students seamlessly make the transition from an associate’s straight into a bachelor’s program.

The post-degree certificate program is open to students with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in any field.  A legal internship with an area law firm is included in both the associate’s and certificate program.  Paralegal courses are only offered at the Dover and Georgetown campuses.

 

University of Delaware – Professional and Continuing Studies

The University of Delaware (UDC) is a 4-year university located in Newark.  The Division of Professional and Continuing Studies at UDC offers continuing education certificate programs.

Paralegal Certificate – Online (undergraduate, pre-degree)

  • Non-credit continuing education
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The paralegal certificate offered by the University of Delaware is a continuing education program led by a faculty of experienced attorneys.  The program covers topics like contract law, legal research and writing, and criminal law.  The program is available online, and students are given complete access to LexisNexis, an online legal research database, for the duration of the program.  The only prerequisite for enrollment is a high school diploma or GED.

 

Wesley College

Wesley College is a 4-year private, non-profit, college in Dover.

Bachelor of Science in Law and Justice Studies – On-campus

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Law and Justice Studies – On-campus

  • ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The bachelor degree program at Wesley College is a 124-credit, ABA-approved program, so it easily made our list of the best options in Delaware. The program offers a legal internship opportunity, though it’s not required as part of the curriculum.  It’s important to mention that students transferring into the program can only transfer courses from another ABA-approved program, and at least 15 credit hours have to be completed on-campus at Wesley College.  Graduates of the program also receive a paralegal certificate in addition to their degree.

 

Widener University, Delaware Law School

Widener University, Delaware Law School, is a 4-year university located in Wilmington, with an additional campus location in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Associate of Science in Legal Studies – On-campus and Online

Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies – On-campus and Online

Certificate in Paralegal – On-campus and Online (Post-associate)

  • ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

What caught our attention about the paralegal programs offered at this school is that students can concentrate their studies within a specific area of law.  Areas of specialization include corporate law, criminal law, litigation, health law, estate administration law, and intellectual property law.

Both the degree and certificate option are conveniently scheduled to accommodate working students. All programs are available on a full-time or part-time basis, and courses are available online and in the evenings on campus. However, as an ABA-approved program, at least 10 credits worth of courses must be completed on campus.

The paralegal certificate is a 15-week program and is open to any student who already has an associate’s degree in any major.

 

Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a 4-year private college located in New Castle, with a satellite campus in Dover.

Bachelor of Science (BAS) in Legal Studies – On-campus

Certificate in Legal Studies – On-campus (Post-baccalaureate)

  • ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

We can’t help but love the fact that all of Wilmington U’s paralegal programs are ABA-approved, and there’s a program option for students at all levels.  Whether you’re interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree, or you’ve already earned one in another major and are ready to take your legal studies courses, there’s a program here for you. As an added benefit, students who earn a bachelor’s degree at Wilmington receive guaranteed admission to the Widener University Delaware Law School Juris Doctor (JD) program.

As an ABA-approved school, most courses must be completed on-campus.  Although some of the prerequisite courses can be taken online, at least 10 credit hours of legal specialty courses have to be completed in a traditional classroom setting.

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