Paralegal Schools in Idaho

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

Since paralegals are not required to become certified or registered in Idaho, often times employers look at a potential employee’s formal education history to gauge their competency and skill level. Would-be paralegals need to put some serious thought into the quality and comprehensiveness of the program they choose.

Right now there are literally hundreds of paralegal programs available across the United States, many of them online. With almost too many options to choose from, what should be an exciting career move can quickly turn into a stressful decision. Well, not anymore!

To help alleviate school search anxiety, we’ve diligently compiled a list of the top paralegal programs. Every single program we recommend is housed in a school accredited by a regional or national accreditation agency. Our featured programs are not just a great jumping off place for new students, we also include options for experienced professionals seeking advancement or a career change.


Boise State University

Paralegal Studies Minor/Certificate—Campus

  • Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Boise State University is a 4-year public university that offers a great paralegal studies minor/certificate program that exists within the baccalaureate degree pathway. However, students are not required to pursue a bachelor’s degree if they enroll in the shorter certificate program.

However, this is a post-bachelor’s certificate so to gain admission, incoming students must have a bachelor’s degree (in any major) or an approved combination of college credits and work experience in the legal field. The program runs 24 credits in length and includes a stimulating paralegal internship component.


Eastern Idaho Technical College

AAS in Legal Technology—Campus

Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC) in Legal Technology—Campus (undergraduate, pre-degree)

  • Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Eastern Idaho Technical College is a 2-year public college located in Idaho Falls that houses an AAS degree and an intermediate technical certificate (ITC) in legal technology. The AAS degree program spans 4 semesters while the ITS program is only 2 semesters.

The school’s emphasis on small class sizes, hands-on-training, and internship opportunities make these programs perfect for students that crave a more personalized teaching style.


Idaho State University

AAS in Paralegal Studies—Campus

BAS in Paralegal Studies—Campus

  • Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Idaho State University is a 4-year public university where students can earn an associate or bachelor degree in paralegal studies through its Pocatello campus.

The AAS program is a 62 credit program that typically takes 2 years to complete. During their last semester, students get the chance to test skills and knowledge by partaking in an internship.

Once admitted into the BAS program, students have two track options: 1) general BAS degree with an undeclared major or 2) BAS degree with a declared paralegal studies major.

The general BAS degree option consists of 120 credit over a 4-year period. The BAS degree with declared major option is 138 credits including 18 upper division course credits.


Lewis-Clark State College

Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC) in Paralegal—Campus (undergraduate, pre-degree)

AAS in Paralegal—Campus  

BAS in Paralegal—Campus

  • Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Lewis-Clark State college is a 4-year public college that offers paralegal education at the certificate, associate, and bachelor degree levels. We were impressed that both the AAS and the BAS programs incorporated internship experiences.

Students in the AAS program must complete 89 credits, while those in the BAS program are required to complete 120 credits to graduate. The ITC program is 38 credits in length and meets the Limited License Legal Technician requirements of Washington state.


North Idaho College

AAS in Paralegal

  • Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

North Idaho College is a 2-year public college that features an associate degree program that stretches 62-64 credits in length.

Students lucky enough to gain admittance into this program will undoubtedly benefit from its internship portion. During the internship, students gain real-world experience for 9 hours/week at a law office or performing other legal work in an office environment.

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