Paralegal Schools in Washington

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

Whether you see yourself working alongside attorneys in a big firm in one of Seattle’s downtown high-rises or supporting in-house counsel in the corporate legal department of a  local tech giant, you’ll find no shortage of opportunities here in Washington.

Washington is not only home to a vast array of professional opportunities in the legal field, but it is also the location of several well respected paralegal programs. Are you a high school graduate, a career changer, or a practicing paralegal looking to advance or specialize? Whatever the case, there’s a program for that. The trickiest part can be finding one you can afford and that aligns perfectly with your professional goals and personal needs.

We’ve done the grunt work so you don’t have to. Here you’ll find only the schools available online or at campus locations in Washington that have achieved regional or national accreditation. You can be sure that all the schools we recommend offer programs that have met the highest quality standards.

To get the details you need to better narrow down your options, request information to find out about annual tuition rates and unique features of each program.

 

Edmonds Community College

Paralegal Associate of Technical Arts Degree – campus

Advanced Paralegal Certificate (post-bac or concurrent with a bachelor’s degree) – campus

Medical Paralegal Certificate (earning this requires at least an associate’s degree plus a nursing degree or nursing diploma) – campus

 

Green River College

Associate of Applied Arts in Legal Administrative Assisting – Campus

 

Highline College:

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

Paralegal Plus Certificate (post-bac or concurrent with a bachelor’s degree) – campus

 

Lower Columbia College

AA in Pre-Law – Campus

 

Olympic College

AA in Pre-Law – Campus

 

Peninsula College

AAS in Administrative Office Systems-Legal Option – Online

Legal Assistant I-Short Term Certificate – Online

Legal Assistant II-Short Term Certificate – Online

  • Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

 

Renton Technical College

AAS -Paralegal Studies – online/hybrid

Certificate-Paralegal Studies – online/hybrid

 

South Puget Sound Community College

AAS -Paralegal – campus

 

Spokane Community College

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

Paralegal Certificate (admission requires any BA/BS degree, a Legal Secretary AA/AAS degree, or a Legal Administration Assistant AAS) – campus

 

Tacoma Community College

Paralegal Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Campus, hybrid

Paralegal Pro-Certificate (post-associate) – Campus, hybrid

 

University of Washington (Seattle, Tacoma campuses)

Certificate in Paralegal Studies (post-baccalaureate) – campus

 

Whatcom Community College

AS – Paralegal Studies – hybrid

Certificate – Paralegal Studies – hybrid

 

Yakima Valley College

AAS in Business Technology-Bilingual Legal Office Assistant – Campus, hybrid

AAS in Business Technology-Legal Office Assistant – Campus, hybrid

Certificate in Business Technology-Legal Receptionist – Campus, hybrid

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