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 Hawaii have come to rely on paralegals with the kind of expertise that can only come from earning a certificate or degree in paralegal studies.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re fresh out of high school and embarking on your first college experience or you’re a retuning student looking to switch careers; picking a paralegal program that maximizes your potential can be daunting at best.
We thought it extremely important to zero in on schools that offer online paralegal programs that are well respected and recognized by a well-known accreditation agency. By doing so, we could ensure paralegal students receive the kind of high quality instruction needed to eventually gain professional certifications, land that dream job, and be taken more seriously in the legal world.
University of Hawai’i Kapi’Olani Community College
AS in Paralegal—Campus
Paralegal Certificate—Campus (post-baccalaureate)
- ABA-Approval: Yes
- Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Kapi’Olani Coummity College is a 2-year public community college located in Honolulu. It is also a branch of the University of Hawaii school system.
The AS program in paralegal studies is comprised of 20 courses and is 60 credits in length. The program also includes a capstone portion in which students participate in a cooperative education course to gain experience while earning credits. It is also the only ABA-approved AS paralegal program in the state. This program is perfect for students searching for both full-time and part-time attendance options.
The Paralegal Certificate is a post-degree certificate program, which means incoming students must have already completed a bachelor’s degree in any field to become eligible for admission. The program runs 27 credits in length.