Paralegal Schools in Indiana

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 Indiana 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 what your age, there’s nothing quite like the first day of school. You wake up extra early that morning with butterflies fluttering excitedly in your stomach. Instead of your same old attire, you wear that new outfit you bought just for this occasion. As you grab breakfast, fill your backpack with unfamiliar books, and head for the front door, you think: Today is a big day. And you’re right.

The first day of school has always been this milestone event marking the starting point of a new chapter in life. This is particularly true of your college experience. Setting the educational groundwork for your career is no easy feat. In fact, it can very well dictate how successful that career turns out to be—just ask anyone returning to college to qualify for a better job or change professions.

But before you start that first day of school, you must go through the not-so-fun school selection process. To make that process a little less painful, we’ve done some homework to find which online schools provide the top paralegal programs. Rest assured, we’ve included only schools with national or regional accreditation.

 

Anderson University

Legal Studies Minor (Prelaw)—Campus

  • Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission

Anderson University is a 4-year private, non-for-profit, Christian college with strong ties to the Church of God. Its legal studies minor program requires 15 credit hours of coursework, which includes 3 hours working in a legal internship.

Although this program is not ABA-approved, it is structured around the ABA’s Statement of Prelaw Preparation to give students a solid foundation for a future in the legal field.

 

Ball State University

BS – Legal Studies- Business Option—Campus

BS – Legal Studies – Public-Law Option—Campus

  • ABA-approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission

Ball State University is a 4-year public university located in Muncie. We highly recommend this school because it’s the only one of our list that allows students to pursue a bachelor degree in legal studies with concentration tracks for business or public law.

The BS in Legal Studies—Business option is 69 credit hours with many courses devoted to topics in accounting, economics, and finance.

The BS in Legal Studies—Public Law option also consists of 69 credit hours but more heavily emphasizes aspects of government, public policy, and politics.

 

Indiana State University

BS in Legal Studies—Campus

  • Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission

Indiana State University is a 4-year public university based in Terre Haute. The school’s BS in Legal Studies program is 122 credit hours in length and offers curriculum designed according to the Pre-Law Committee of the ABA’s section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.  

Students enrolled here enjoy customized course schedules, visits to the US Supreme Court and the Indiana Court of Appeals, small- to medium-sized classrooms, award-winning instructors, study abroad and internship opportunities, and participation in massive research projects.

 

International Business College-Indianapolis

AAS- Paralegal—Campus

  • Accreditation: Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools

International Business College-Indianapolis is a 2-year private, for-profit college that offers an associate degree in paralegal studies. The program strings together 63 credit hours including real-world practical training during its 8-week legal externship segment.

Full-time students can expect to complete the program in just 16 months. And since the college believes in the power of one-on-one instruction, courses are offered in small class settings.

 

Ivy Tech Community College

AAS in Paralegal Studies—Campus

AAS in Paralegal Studies—Online  

  • Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission

Ivy Tech Community College is a 2-year public, post-secondary school based in Indianapolis with satellite campuses throughout the state. Both the campus-based and online AAS programs cover 60 credit hours and include an internship elective course option.

Students lucky enough to attend Ivy Tech gain access to faculty members that are also practicing attorneys and judges. They also gain professional insight through mock classroom simulations and by hosting the Indiana Court of Appeals.

The classroom-based AAS degree program is available at the Bloomington, Evansville, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Muncie, Sellersburg, South Bend, and Valparaiso locations.

Students that opt for the online AAS degree program will receive curriculum via online and video formats.

 

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies—Online (post-degree)

  • Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission

Kaplan University is a 4-year private, for-profit university that offers a post-baccalaureate certificate program through its Indianapolis campus. The exclusively online certificate program requires 36 credit hours to complete.

Despite its online format, we were impressed by the school’s determination to keep its curriculum interactive and lively through live seminars, discussion boards, and personalized instructor feedback. The program is also taught entirely by legal practitioners.

 

Marian University

AS in Paralegal Studies—Online

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

  • Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission

Marian University is a 4-year private, not-for-profit, Roman Catholic university located in Indianapolis that houses online associate degree and certificate programs in paralegal studies.

The undergraduate certificate program consists of 29 credit hours, while the AS program is 66 credit hours. Although both programs are online-based, students are asked to plunge head-first into an internship position as a curriculum requirement.

We applaud this university’s paralegal program for establishing close relationships with area firms such as Wagner Reese, Kammen & Moudy, Mallor|Grodner Attorneys, and Lopez Law Office, P.C., as these connections help open up create future job opportunities for students.

 

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

BS in Paralegal Studies—Online

AS Paralegal Studies—Online

Paralegal Certificate—Online (post-baccalaureate)

  • ABA-Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission

Saint Mary-Of-The-Woods College is a 4-year private, not-for-profit, Roman Catholic college. Its paralegal program is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) and currently awards a bachelor degree, an associate degree, and a certificate of completion.

The BS program is 120 credit hours in length and allows students to choose a specialty track in either litigation or personal law. This program’s unique characteristic is its focus on teaching law within the context of politics, society, and history.

The AS program demands 41 credit hours that supplements engaging online learning with applied practical experience. The certificate program requires 32 credit hours and is only available to students that have already obtained a baccalaureate degree.

All three programs include a legal practicum unit, which cannot be completed online. Instead, students are compelled to land an internship position working with an attorney or in a law-related office setting for a total of 150 hours.

 

University of Southern Indiana

Legal Studies Minor—Campus

  • Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission

University of Southern Indiana is a 4-year public university based in Evansville that offers a legal studies minor program for students to quickly get their foot in the door of the paralegal profession.

This program is comprised of only 21 credit hours with courses in economics, political science, and criminal justice. Students are also encouraged to complete a legislative- or political science-related internship to enhance classroom learning.

 

Vincennes University

AS – Paralegal—Online

  • ABA-Approval: Yes
  • Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission

Vincennes University is a 4-year public university. The school’s commitment to academic excellence has cemented its legacy. Did we mention it is the oldest college in Indiana? Its paralegal program is also an esteemed member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE).

Students that enroll in the AS program must earn 60 credit hours to graduate. Those anxious to begin working in real-life paralegal capacities can take law-related internship positions and receive school credit.

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