Paralegal Schools in Wyoming

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

A celebrity in the legal community, Wyoming-born and educated lawyer Gerry Spence has never lost a criminal defense or civil case since starting his career back in 1969.

Even with Spence now in semi-retirement, his Jackson-based firm is going just as strong as ever, and still enjoys national notoriety. In addition to eight partners, three counsel attorneys, and seven associates, the firm also counts nine paralegals among its ranks. The individuals that make up this team of paralegals have credentials that are almost as impressive as Spence’s win record – we’re talking bachelor’s and master’s degrees and decades of experience.

If you want to make a name for yourself in the competitive field of law, you’ll need an impressive resume. The only way to make sure doors are going to open for you is to get the kind of educational credentials that show you’re capable of excellence.

From Casper to Jackson to Cheyenne, students in Wyoming have access to great local schools and online options that offer a range of paralegal programs, including everything from nine-month post-bac certificates for those with a degree in fields other than law, to two-year associate’s degrees. These options will not only make sure you’re prepared for the job, they’ll also make sure you get noticed during the hiring process. The tuition rates for in-state students in Wyoming are some of the best you’ll find anywhere in the nation.

 

Casper College

AA in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Certificate (post-bac) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We’re featuring Casper College because of its high-quality and very affordable programs for aspiring paralegals at different stages in professional development.

If you don’t have any prior higher education you can apply to enroll in the AA program. It takes approximately two years to complete the 60 credits that make up this program.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree and want to return to school to develop a paralegal educational credential, the nine-month, 36-credit post-bac certificate program if for you.

Both these programs are offered at the school’s Casper campus. Some classes outside of the core paralegal courses may be available online. Both programs include a job search seminar and internships.

Casper College also gives you the option of attending a review course for the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) certification exam. All students are encouraged to earn the certification, and Casper makes it easy by offering the exam three times a year right on campus.

 

Central Wyoming College

AA in Pre-Legal Studies – Campus

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We love the AA program through Central Wyoming for offering 23 credits of general education courses and at least 12 credits of elective courses in addition to the 27 credits of core courses. This 62-credit program offers the kind of compressive and well-rounded education paralegals are expected to have these days.

CWC also makes an education in paralegal studies convenient and accessible with campus locations in Riverton, Lander, Jackson, and Dubois.

 

Laramie County Community College

Paralegal AAS – Campus

Paralegal Certificate (post-bac) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We’re featuring Laramie County Community College because both of its ABA-approved paralegal programs offer great quality and affordability for everyone.

Anyone with a high school diploma or GED can apply to the two-year 64-credit AAS program. If you hold a bachelor’s in any field and you’re thinking about returning to school for a paralegal studies program, the 19-credit certificate post-bac program can be completed in just 48 weeks.

Both programs include the chance to complete an internship worth three to five credits at a law firm in  Cheyenne or the surrounding area.

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