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 Montana have come to rely on paralegals with the kind of expertise that can only come from earning a certificate or degree in paralegal studies.
Maybe you’ve been walking the halls of a big Billing’s law firm for years as a legal secretary and are looking forward to the challenge of moving up to become a paralegal. Or maybe you’re a recent high school graduate with dreams of moving into the legal field. Or perhaps you want to take your paralegal career to the next level by specializing in intellectual property or real estate law.
Whatever your dreams, there’s a paralegal program for you.
From undergraduate certificate programs for young up-and-comers fresh out of high school to four-year bachelor’s degree for the paralegal with visions of specialization or advancement, there’s no lack of options for getting an education in legal studies and the paralegal profession.
But sometimes too many choices can be overwhelming. Worry not—we’ve done the research to provide you with some recommendations to help you narrow down your options.
Our recommendations only include schools that have earned national or regional accreditation. Take it one step further by requesting information to find out more about each program so you can examine them closely and choose your favorite.
University of Montana – Missoula
Associate of Applied of Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies – campus
- ABA Approval: Yes
- Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
ABA approval, the flexibility of attending classes at the university’s Mountain and East campuses, and the ability to complete the program in just four semesters makes the U of M paralegal program a sure bet for a quality education.
University of Providence – Great Falls
Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies – online
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Paralegal Studies – online
Army Paralegal Program (entry requires completion of Army 27D10 AIT Training) – online
Air Force Paralegal Studies Program (entry requires an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies from the Community College of the Air Force) – online
- ABA Approval: Yes
The University of Providence (formerly the University of Great Falls) is one of those schools that understands the importance of providing flexibility in course delivery. Case in point: All paralegal programs offered here are online programs. Students need only attend campus for 10 credits of legal specialty courses. Plus, the faculty here work with students to adapt course formats that fit specific needs and schedules.