Paralegal Schools in New Jersey

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

You know that your education is the first—and most important—step to either beginning or advancing a career as a paralegal. But frankly, the sheer number of choices is so overwhelming that you’re just not sure how you’ll weed through all the schools and make the best decision for you and your career.

Nationwide, paralegal programs number in the hundreds. But not all programs are created equal. We’ve taken the guesswork out of finding an online or campus-based paralegal program by providing you with a list of the best of the best—programs that have earned regional or national accreditation.

So, whether you have dreams of working in one of Newark’s leading law firms, or you see yourself working for a nationally renowned nonprofit in Paterson, we have you covered with programs that’ll get you there.

Request information to learn more about tuition rates, delivery methods (on-campus, online or a combination of the two) and other key points that make these programs stand out from the competition.

 

Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Associate of Science (AS) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • ABA Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The affordability alone was enough to capture our attention for Atlantic Cape Community College’s two programs in paralegal studies. But we also really like the three-credit cooperative education course built into both programs, something that provides students with a valuable opportunity to work in the field.

 

Bergen Community College, Paramus

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Legal Nurse Consulting Certificate (post-associate, admission also requires current RN license) – Campus

  • ABA Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

We love Bergen Community College’s paralegal programs because they are designed with the adult learner in mind. Many of the programs are offered in the evening, which makes returning to school to pursue an education in paralegal studies convenient. And, with tuition rates of just over $4,000 for students in-district, it’s also available at a price students can afford.

 

Brookdale Community College, Lincroft

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • ABA Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Brookdale Community College stands out not only for its affordability (under $4,000 for in-district students), but for its flexible learning options for the AAS in Paralegal Studies: students here can attend classes in the day or the evening and on a full- or part-time basis.

 

Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison

Paralegal Certificate (post-degree) – Campus

  • ABA Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The post-degree paralegal certificate program offers the best in study for adult non-traditional students. Ready to complete the program in six months? Take classes Monday through Friday. Want flexibility so you can maintain your current job? Consider the evening program, which can be completed in 12 months.

 

Mercer County Community College, Trenton

Paralegal Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Campus

Paralegal Certificate of Proficiency (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The specialized paralegal courses in Mercer County Community College’s programs are offered in the evening, with the remainder of the courses offered in the day or evening (your choice), and on a full-time or part-time basis. These programs stand out for catering to career-focused students who don’t have plans to transfer to a four-year college or attend law school. We also love these programs for offering an internship opportunity, which is completed in the final semester, prior to graduation.

 

Middlesex Community College, Edison

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

What’s better than ABA approval? How about a tuition for in-district students that’s less than $4,000 a year? We love these programs both for their reliable education and the fact that they’re affordable for a wide variety of students.

 

Montclair State University, Montclair

Minor in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Justice Studies with a Paralegal Studies Concentration – Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-bac) – Campus

  • ABA Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Montclair State University’s paralegal programs stand out because they provide students with plenty of options when it comes to preparing for career opportunities. The certificate program sets students up for direct employment in the paralegal field and also provides a foundation for future study in law school, while the Minor in Paralegal Studies prepares students for direct employment in the legal field.

 

Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate) – Campus

  • ABA Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Raritan Valley Community College’s paralegal studies certificate is designed for students who are either currently working toward or already have an associate or bachelor’s degree in a related field. The affordability of these programs stands out – they are accessible to a wide variety of students looking for a quality program that prepares them to immediately enter the profession.

 

Rowan College at Burlington County, Pemberton

Paralegal Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Campus

  • ABA Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

All students in Rowan College’s AAS program complete an internship, which provides them with valuable opportunities for real-world learning. Rowan College’s commitment to providing students with relevant experience caught our attention for having a paralegal program coordinator on staff to assist students in locating an internship that’s right for them while ensuring the placement meets program standards.

 

Rowan College of Gloucester County, Sewell

Paralegal Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Campus

Paralegal Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Completing a paralegal program through Rowan College positions you perfectly for additional study. This college has a new premier partnership with Rowan University, along with other college partnership programs, that allow students to be admitted concurrently and work toward an advanced degree. But that’s not all. The college has 75 program articulation agreements with a number of four-year institutions, so after completing your associate’s degree, you can move on to a four-year degree, if desired.

 

Union County College, Cranford

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Certificate of Achievement (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

If you’re not sure where your future paralegal career will take you, the paralegal programs through Union County College are ideal for you. The certificate of achievement prepares students to immediately enter the workforce, while the AAS offers students the flexibility of being able to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree.

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