Paralegal Schools in Kansas

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

Landing a job as a paralegal might mean spending the morning delivering a report that determines what evidence to seek in the discovery process of a lawsuit. During lunch you’ve got a meeting scheduled with your boss to brief her on what you’ve found combing through records at the county courthouse. Before you go home you have to follow up with a potential new client about his case.

This is all in a day’s work for a paralegal in Topeka, Overland Park, or anywhere else in Kansas. You don’t get to this point in your professional career by luck. You work for it. This means acquiring competitive credentials that give you the skills and real-world experience to rank above your peers.

This is where our recommendations for the best online paralegal schools comes in.The programs we recommend are for people from all walks of life – career changers, recent high school graduates, and those who already have work experience as a paralegal.

 

Fort Hayes State University

Paralegal Certificate – Campus

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We’re featuring FHSU for offering a paralegal certificate to anyone who wants to build their professional paralegal credentials. It can be completed in combination with any degree or other program offered by FHSU. It can also be completed as a stand-alone certificate program for those coming in from high school or making a career change.

Subjects covered in this campus-based program range from emerging areas like cyberspace law to conventional study of the criminal justice system. Students in this program can draw on the Center for Legal Studies as a valuable resource.

 

Hutchinson Community College

AAS in Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies – Campus and online

Paralegal Certificate (post-associate) – Campus and online

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

One of the reasons we chose Hutchinson Community College is because its graduates consistently report being really satisfied with their experience. Students talk about this program as the best in Hutchinson, they love where its campus is located, and see it as a good value in the region in terms of both quality and cost.

The AAS degree is comprised of 64 credits while the certificate program is 36 credits. The AAS degree is open to those coming from high school or anyone else looking for a competitive academic foundation in this field. Graduates of either program will have a solid foundation of knowledge that will prepare them to take the national certification exam through the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA).

This program is part of the Public Safety Department and offers scholarship opportunities from the NFPA, the Kansas Paralegal Association, and the Douglas L. Bebout Memorial Foundation.

 

Johnson County Community College

AA, Paralegal – Campus

Paralegal Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved: Yes, both the degree and certificate programs
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

One of the reasons we chose this school is because it offers the only ABA-approved paralegal certificate and associate’s programs in the Kansas City metro area – and the entire state for that matter. Applicants need good exam scores and a competitive academic record because the AA program is popular and selective. Enrolling in the certificate program requires at least an associate’s degree in any major.

From its Overland Park campus, the certificate program is 33 credits while the AA program is 63 credits. Both programs are designed to be completed in two years, and both include two internships worth one credit each.

All prospective students need to complete an English composition course and paralegal introductory courses before being admitted to these programs. Applicants also need to contact their selected program and arrange to take the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Test.

 

Kansas City Kansas Community College

AAS Paralegal – Campus

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We’re featuring this program because it has an exceptional paralegal curriculum. This includes courses on litigation, criminal, family, probate, insurance and real estate law, and culminates with two paralegal internships.

Over the course of two years and 66-69 semester credits, this Kansas City, Kansas-based school prepares new college students and career changers for a promising future in the paralegal field.

 

National American University

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

BS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Graduates of National American University paralegal programs are qualified to sit for the national paralegal certification exams sponsored by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA).

Both these programs are offered at campus locations across Kansas: Wichita East, Wichita West, Garden City, and Overland Park. The AAS program is designed to be completed in two years while the BS program is designed to be completed in three years and nine months. Students usually exceed these periods of estimated enrollment.

 

Newman University

AS Paralegal – Campus

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

This program ranks on our list because of the ease with which graduates go from the classroom into the professional field. With a campus in the heart of Wichita, students have the chance to develop and foster relationships in the legal community that blossom into strategic networking opportunities.

Totaling 36 semester credits, this program has two time tracks for completion: a two-year plan for students without prior college experience, and a one-year plan for students who already have a bachelor’s degree. Both tracks include a paralegal internship.

 

Rasmussen College

Paralegal Certificate – Campus, blended, and online

Associate’s Degree, Paralegal – Campus, blended, and online

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

This program is on our list because of the competitive advantages it provides its graduates. Upon graduation students meet the requirements to take an optional paralegal certification exam through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

Students can choose to take classes either online, or on-campus in Overland Park or Topeka. This program also includes an internship component: at least 130 hours working as a paralegal in a community of your choosing.

The certificate program is designed to be completed in 18 months, and about half the students graduate on time. The associate’s degree program is designed to be completed in two years, and about a quarter of students graduate on time.

 

Washburn University

Legal Studies Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

Bachelor of Legal Studies (BLS) – Campus

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We chose this school because its Topeka campus allows for a high degree of inter-connectedness between paralegal students and the local legal community.

The BLS is designed to be completed in four years while the certificate program is designed to be completed in just 12 months, and both programs include an internship. Those coming from high school or making a career change are welcome to apply for the BLS program, while the certificate program is open to anyone with at least an associate’s degree in any major.

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