Paralegal Schools in Louisiana

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

Paralegal programs come in all stripes, with some designed for high school graduates looking to get started and career changers looking forward to trying something new… and others designed for experienced paralegals looking to add to their qualifications.

Whether you’re from the bayous, the banks of the Mississippi, or Baton Rouge, there’s an online paralegal program for you.

We’ve compiled some recommendations of what we think are the best paralegal schools out there to help you find the ideal program based on where you are in your career. As one of the fastest growing professions in the nation, there’s never been a better time to make yourself stand out from the competition with a recognized credential from a respected school.

 

Baton Rouge Community College

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

This program’s unique course choices earn it a place on our list. The electives in this program allow students to become well versed in all relevant paralegal fields and legal specialties. Anyone who meets BRCC’s basic enrollment criteria is welcome to apply.

You’ll need to maintain a 2.0 GPA or better throughout your studies to graduate. This program is designed to take two years to complete and is comprised of 60 credits. Located in its namesake city, enrolling at BRCC means easier access to opportunities in the legal field the greater metro area has to offer.

 

Delta School of Business and Technology

Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Undergraduate Certificate/Diploma in Paralegal Studies – Campus

We’re featuring this school because it provides a great paralegal foundation with day and night class options for students in the Lake Charles area. Both these programs accept applications from those coming from high school or who are making a career change. All you need is a high school diploma or GED to apply.

The certificate/diploma program is for those who aren’t in a position to invest the time it takes to earn a degree. It is comprised of 63.3 credits and can be completed in 12 months (day program) or 15 months (night program). The degree program is 104.1 credits and can be completed in 18 months (day program) or 24 months (night).

This school is a member of the American Bar Association (not approved), the Louisiana Bar Association, and the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association.

 

Grambling State University

BS in Criminal Justice with a Paralegal Studies Concentration – Campus

  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

We chose this school because it does an exceptional job of preparing its students for success as professionals in the field of legal assistance. This 120-credit degree is designed to be completed in four years. It includes two internships in the greater Grambling area that are worth three credits each.

Whether you’re in the midst of changing careers or just out of high school, you can apply to this program if you have at least a 2.0 GPA from high school and have either taken English and math courses, or have achieved a minimum score on the ACT or SAT.

Upon graduation you can go directly into the paralegal field or apply to continue on to GSU’s criminal justice master’s program.

 

Herzing University

AS in Legal Assisting/Paralegal – Campus

AS/AAS in Legal Studies – Online

BS in Legal Studies – Campus and online

  • ABA-approved – The campus-based AS and BS programs are ABA-approved; the online AS/AAS in Legal Studies and BS programs are not ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Herzing U makes our list because it offers a range of different programs that allow you to pick and choose what is best for your own individual situation. All you need is a high school diploma or GED and you can apply for admission to the program of your choice.

If you want an ABA-approved program then you’ll complete your studies from HU’s campus located in Kenner, part of the greater New Orleans metro area. The campus-based AS Legal Assisting/Paralegal program is 66 credits and takes an average of 20 months to complete. The AS/AAS Legal Studies program is 62 credits and can be completed in five semesters. The online and campus-based BS program is 126 credits and can be completed in nine semesters, with the average student finishing in 36 months.

All programs include an internship capstone experience. Graduates of all programs will be prepared to sit for the paralegal certification exam offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

 

Louisiana State University

Paralegal Studies Certificate Program – Campus

  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • ABA-approved – Yes

We chose LSU because it offers an ABA-approved program with an accommodating full or part-time schedule.

This is a non-credit continuing education program open to those who already have some level of college experience, who want to bolster their professional paralegal credentials, and who may be earning continuing legal education to fulfill national certification maintenance requirements.

This program is offered on a full and part-time basis. It can be completed in one year full-time (two semesters), or in up to 30 months part-time (five semesters). All classes are held on LSU’s Baton Rouge campus, and include an internship in the greater metropolitan area.

Ideally, applicants for this program should have a bachelor’s degree, but if you have 45 semester credits and a 2.3 GPA you can fill out an application for consideration.

 

McNeese State University

AA in Paralegal Studies – Campus and online

  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

We particularly like this program because of its flexibility. It’s offered fully online as well as on MSU’s Lake Charles campus. Furthermore, campus classes are available during the day and at night.

This program can be completed in two years and totals 71 semester credits. It is proud of the local connections it has made in the Lake Charles area legal community, which gives students even more resources when they complete their capstone internship.

Anyone can apply to this program with a high school diploma/GED and adequate SAT/ACT/Compass/Accuplacer English and math scores.

 

Nunez Community College

AA Paralegal Studies – Campus

Certificate of Technical Studies in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

We liked these programs because they give aspiring paralegals progressive choices for what kind of education they want to invest in from NCC’s campus in Chalmette.

Both programs are open to anyone who wants to advance their professional credentials. The certificate program is a shorter version of the AA program, and credits earned as part of the certificate program can be applied later to the AA.

The certificate can be completed in a year, while the AA program takes two years to complete. The AA program includes a practicum as part of its curriculum.

 

Tulane University of Louisiana

AA in Paralegal Studies – Campus

BA in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Certificate in Paralegal Studies (post-bac) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, all three programs
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Tulane makes our list as the school with the oldest ABA-approved programs in the region, with all of its courses being taught by practicing paralegals and attorneys. This university offers two Louisiana campus locations in New Orleans and Harahan.

Students in all programs undertake a 100-hour internship as they near graduation. The AA program is designed to take two years to complete and is comprised of 60 credits. The BA program is designed to take four years to complete and is comprised of 120 credits. Anyone who meets Tulane’s general admission requirements can apply to these programs.

The certificate program is open to those who already have a bachelor’s degree. It takes one year to complete this 27-credit program.

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