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 Oregon have come to rely on paralegals with the kind of expertise that can only come from earning a certificate or degree in paralegal studies.
There’s nothing weird about living the dream. Imagine working for a Portland-based law firm in a downtown high rise. Glass doors give way to a marble lobby and your trip up the elevator takes you to the law offices where you’ll spend your days contributing your part to winning court cases, rewriting contracts or settling estates… Maybe you’ve already been living the dream and you’re looking to position yourself for a promotion… Maybe you’ve been working in an entirely different field and are finally making your move to get your real career started – the one where you work side by side with attorneys and get the respect and pay you deserve.
Whatever your situation happens to be and no matter what your goals are, it’s going to take some schooling to make it happen. We’re here to help.
We hand-picked our favorite online paralegal programs, and the best on-campus in-state options from the best schools with a presence in Oregon – from Medford to Portland. We made our selections based solely on quality, looking only at programs that are regionally or nationally accredited.
Portland Community College
AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus
Certificate in Paralegal Studies (post-associate) – Campus
Umpqua Community College
Paralegal Studies AAS – Online
Legal Assistant Certificate – Online