Paralegal Schools in Georgia

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

No matter where you are in planning your paralegal career, picking a school is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever have to make… Maybe you’re in the early stages of planning, still daydreaming about walking through the marble-floored lobby of one of Atlanta’s big dog firms and being welcomed onboard as the newest addition to their paralegal staff… Maybe you’re ready to advance and after years of walking through that grand lobby you’re more focused than ever on how you can take your career to the next level.

Whether you’re looking to get your foot in the door with an associate’s or certificate in paralegal studies, looking to advance in your current position by finally completing your bachelor’s, or if you’re ready to specialize through graduate work, you’re going to need some help selecting a quality program.

To help simplify the task, we put together a list of our favorite picks. All of these schools have a presence in Georgia or offer their programs online. In making our selection, we only looked at programs that are either regionally or nationally accredited.

 

Armstrong State University

BA in Law and Society—Campus

  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Students that gain entrance into the BA in Law and Society program can choose between three different tracks: government and judicial studies, human behavior and law or social theory and philosophy.

 

Ashworth College

AS in Paralegal Studies – Online

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Online

Diploma in Paralegal Studies – Online

Certificate in Paralegal Studies – Online (undergraduate, pre-degree)

  • Accreditation: Distance Education Accrediting Commission

Ashworth College is a private, for-profit college based out of Peachtree Corners. Despite its home base location, all paralegal programs are delivered exclusively online. This college caught our attention because it offers four different paralegal programs open to all incoming students. No educational prerequisites are needed to enroll.

 

Athens Technical College

AAS in Paralegal Studies—Campus

  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • ABA-Approval: Yes

Athens Technical College is a 2-year public that hosts an associate’s degree that runs 72-73 credits in length. This program stands out because it is both accredited and recognized by the American Bar Association. The college is also a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.

As an added perk, the program includes two 6-credit internship courses to introduce and improve upon practical skills.

 

Central Georgia Technical College

AAS in Paralegal Studies—Campus

  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Central Georgia Technical College is a 2-year public college that offers an associate paralegal program at its Macon and Warner Robins campus locations.

This associate’s program is 69 credits in length. There is entrance availability each semester, making this program very student-friendly. The program also equips paralegal students with crucial real-world experience through internships.

 

Clayton State University

Paralegal Certificate—Campus (post-baccalaureate/post-associate)

BS in Legal Studies—Campus  

AAS Degree in Paralegal Studies—Campus

  • ABA-Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Clayton State University is a 4-year public university in Morrow, GA. The college is largely unique because it’s a rare classroom-based school that offers paralegal programs at the certificate, associate, and bachelor degree levels.

Generally speaking, admission into the paralegal certificate program requires a bachelor degree. But exceptions are possible for students that hold an associate’s degree combined with approved credits that indicate equivalency.

We highly recommend this university’s paralegal programs because all courses are taught by full-time, experienced attorneys.

 

Emory College

Paralegal Certificate—Campus (post-baccalaureate)

  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Emory College is a 4-year private, for-profit university located in Atlanta, GA. As a graduate-level certificate program, only students that have a bachelor’s degree are eligible for admission.

The program shines as the longest-running post-baccalaureate paralegal program in the state and runs over 100 course hours in length. Along with traditional coursework, students accepted into the program are treated to two complimentary seminars.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Paralegal Certificate—Campus

  • Non-credit continuing education program
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is a 2-year public college with campuses spread throughout: Catoosa County, Floyd County, Gordon County, Polk County, Walker County, and Whitfield Murray.

 

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

AAS in Paralegal Studies

  • ABA-Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

George Piedmont Technical College is a 2-year public college with campuses located in DeKalb and Newton. Its associate degree program runs 69 credit hours in length and includes an internship component. Although the paralegal program is classroom-based, students also use online teaching tools.

We took special notice of this school because it supports the standards outlined by the Technical College System of Georgia Instructional Faculty Consortium Committee.

 

Gwinnett Colleges & Institutes

AS in Paralegal Studies—Campus

AAS in Paralegal Studies—Campus

Diploma in Paralegal Studies—Campus

  • Accreditation: Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools; Council on Occupational Education

The AS in Paralegal Studies program is only available at the Lilburn campus. The program runs 124-125 credits in length and is greatly enhanced by its externship experience.

The AAS in Paralegal Studies program is only offered through Marietta campus. The program consists of 120 credits.

The Diploma in Paralegal Studies program is housed at both the Lilburn and Raleigh campuses and includes 107-108 credits.

 

Herzing University-Atlanta

BS in Legal Studies—Campus

AS in Legal Studies/Paralegal–Campus

  • ABA-Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Herzing University is a 4-year private, for-profit university with a campus located in Atlanta, GA. The excellence of both programs have gained the attention and approval of the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.

As an added bonus, students graduating from either program are eligible to sit for the certified paralegal examination through the National Association of Legal Assistants.

The BA program requires 126 credits and typically takes 36 months to complete. The AS program requires 66 credits and typically takes 20 months to complete.

 

Kennesaw State University

Paralegal Certificate—Campus (undergraduate, pre-degree)

  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Kennesaw State University is a 4-year public university with an undergraduate paralegal certificate program available at its Marietta and Kennesaw, GA campuses.

Since the certificate is open to undergraduates, incoming paralegal students can simply gain admission by obtaining a high school diploma (or equivalent) and completing the school’s basic skills assessment.

The school’s certificate program consists of 13 courses and meets three times a week over a six-week period. This school is perfect for students intending to work in the state, because this program highlights instruction in Georgia law.

 

Miller-Motte Technical College

AAS in Paralegal Studies—Campus

  • Accreditation: Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Miller-Motte Technical College is a 2-year private, for-profit college with campuses located in Augusta, Macon, and Columbus, GA. The associate program is available on all Georgia campuses and is especially ideal for students looking for a hybrid education structure.

Coursework is a combination of online video, audio, and interactive discussion activities and is accentuated with weekly campus training events. The program can be completed within 18 months and culminates with an externship through local businesses.

 

Savannah Technical College

AAS in Paralegal Studies—Campus

  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Savannah Technical College is a 2-year public college with an AAS in paralegal studies program available at its Liberty and Savannah campuses. The program is 69 credit hours in length.

While enrolled, students can fine-tune their newfound skills through internship opportunities that could potentially connect them to future employers.

 

South University-Savannah

AS in Paralegal Studies—Campus

  • ABA-Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

South University is a 4-year private, for-profit university with an associate paralegal program that requires 92 credits to graduate and typically takes 24 months to complete.

For added flexibility and ease, the program offers online courses alongside traditional classroom-based learning.

Another program advantage is the supervised externship that professionally links students to federal government agencies, local law firms or other applicable business settings.

 

University of Georgia

Paralegal Certificate—Campus and Online

Advanced Paralegal Certificate—Online

  • Non-credit continuing education programs
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

University of Georgia is a 4-year public university that offers a paralegal certificate program either through classroom-based education on their Gwinnett campus or via online completion.

The campus-based program is 84 credit hours in length, while the online version is 90 credit hours long. Online attendees will interact with staff and classmates digitally through virtual discussion boards and email exchanges.

The advanced certificate program is 45 credit hours in length.

 

University of North Georgia

BAS in Paralegal Studies—Campus

AAS in Paralegal Studies—Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate—Campus (post-baccalaureate, post-associate)

  • ABA-Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

University of North Georgia is a 4-year public university with three stellar paralegal programs available at its Gainesville campus location. The certificate program is only open to incoming students that already possess an associate’s (AA or AS) or a bachelor’s (BA or BS) degree.

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