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.

Featured Programs:

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 the best paralegal programs from the best schools with a presence in Oregon, from Medford to Portland. We made our selections based solely on quality, looking at programs regionally accredited through the Northwest Accreditation Commission or nationally accredited through the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Some of the  programs we selected even hold the esteemed status of having been approved by the American Bar Association.

Abdill Career College Inc – Medford

Legal Assistant Certificate – Campus

  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
  • Tuition and fees estimate – $7,065

This Medford-based program gives you the best of both worlds – 35 weeks of classroom education amounting to 36 quarter credits, and 30 weeks of a full-time externship.

Ideal candidates for this program are high school graduates, career changers in the workforce without prior college, and anyone who wants to bolster their professional paralegal credentials.

Oregon State University – Corvallis

Paralegal Certificate – Online

Advanced Paralegal Certificate – Online

  • Accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission
  • Tuition and fees estimate – Basic Certificate: $1,289; Advanced Certificate: $1,800

We’re featuring this program because it provides two convenient options for paralegals. Both programs can be completed in 14 weeks and are made up of two seven-week segments.

The basic program welcomes admission applications from anyone with a high school diploma or GED. It is made up of two courses, each completed in seven weeks. Students can expect to spend 12 hours on coursework per week.

To enroll in the advanced certificate program you must already have a basic certificate. You have the choice of six class topics of study among 15 topics total, such as business law, family law, victim advocacy, and more. You can study up to three of these topics per seven-week period. Each of the six courses requires an investment of between 45 and 50 hours.

Pioneer Pacific College – Wilsonville

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes
  • Accreditation under review
  • Tuition and fees estimate – $28,850

This program stands out as being one of only two ABA-approved programs in the state. You can graduate in as little as 70 weeks, and 81 percent of students found jobs following graduation.

This program is offered from PCC’s Springfield and Wilsonville campuses. Anyone who has a high school diploma or GED can apply for admission to this program.

Portland Community College – Portland

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Certificate in Paralegal Studies (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission
  • Tuition and fees estimate – AAS: $7,604 (in-state), $16,892 (out-of-state); Certificate: $4,759 (in-state), $10,564 (out-of-state)

This school is home to the first ABA-approved paralegal programs in the state, and still holds that status today.

The two-year 90-credit AAS breaks down into 24 credits of paralegal courses, 21 credits of elective paralegal courses, 27 credits of general education courses, and 18 credits of other electives. A college-level writing course is the main prerequisite for this program, which you can take as part of your general education or test out of.

The 45-credit one-year paralegal certificate is intended for students who already have at least an associate’s degree. It is made up of 24 credits of core paralegal courses and 21 credits of elective paralegal courses.

Treasure Valley Community College – Ontario

AAS in Office Administration, Legal Assistants – Campus

  • Accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission
  • Tuition and fees estimate – $10,800 (in-state), $11,700 (out-of-state)

This 91-credit two-year program is open to students who meet TVCC’s basic admission requirements.

It also includes a co-op internship where you’ll gain work experience in a law firm or other legal setting in Ontario or the wider region. Admission is open to anyone who has a high school diploma or GED.

Umpqua Community College – Roseburg

Paralegal Studies AAS – Online

Paralegal Studies Certificate – Online

  • Accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission
  • Tuition and fees estimate – AAS: $8,834 (in-state), $17,960 (out-of-state), Certificate: $5,000

These programs offer maximum flexibility – classes are completely online and you can start during any quarter of the year.

The one-year 45-credit certificate program is an abridged version of the two-year 90-credit AAS program. Both programs are open to anyone who meets UCC’s basic admission requirements. You can choose which program is right for you based on how much time you want to invest in your education.

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