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 Iowa have come to rely on paralegals with the kind of expertise that can only come from earning a certificate or degree in paralegal studies.
Let’s face it: not everyone hopes to be accepted to a major university. In fact, many people become paralyzed with anxiety even thinking about becoming another nameless, faceless student in an ever-expanding sea of classmates. This may ring especially true for aspiring paralegals that understand more personalized instruction could very well equate to a richer educational experience.
All of the paralegal programs we recommend here are offered online. This means without ever leaving home (let alone going to a program out-of-state), paralegal students attending these programs are fully prepared to either promptly enter the workforce or smoothly transition to a better job.
If that isn’t enough, these schools also offer programs that help students and professionals that already hold a college degree to keep climbing the higher education ladder by earning a post-degree certificate. And to make sure we only show you the cream of the crop, all the programs we recommend are accredited.
Des Moines Area Community College
Paralegal Certificate—Campus (post-associate, post-baccalaureate)
Grand View University
BA in Paralegal Studies – Campus
Iowa Lakes Community College
AAS in Paralegal/Legal Studies—Campus
Kirkwood Community College
AAS in Paralegal Studies—Campus
Marshalltown Community College
Paralegal Diploma – Online
North Iowa Area Community College
AAS Legal Office Specialist – Campus
Legal Office Associate Diploma – Campus
Western Iowa Tech Community College
AAS in Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies – Campus
Legal Secretary Diploma – Campus
Paralegal/Legal Assistant Advanced Diploma– Campus