School and Ranking Information
There are about eight schools in the Atlanta area where students can find paralegals programs; these schools include four for-profit institutions, three 2-year community colleges and one state university. Based on the variety of paralegal programs offered, school rankings and scholarship opportunities, the following school is considered a top school in the area for paralegal training.
- Winner: Clayton State University offers three levels of programs relating to paralegal studies through its Department of Social Sciences. Its legal studies and paralegal programs are approved by the American Bar Association.
School Info Chart
|Category||Clayton State University|
|Rankings||#62 among Regional Colleges (South)*|
|School Type||4-year public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-14)||$5,153 (in-state), $14,915 (out-of-state)**|
|Paralegal Programs Offered||Certificates, associate's and bachelor's|
|Paralegal Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-13||87**|
|Most Popular Paralegal Degree Level in 2012-13||Certificate (56 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||27%**|
|Noteworthy||Students may be eligible for the Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) grants or scholarships|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator
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Clayton State University
- School has been ranked among the most diverse universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report
- Law-related courses are taught by lawyers with experience in the discipline that he or she is teaching
- CSU hosts a chapter of Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), the national honor society for students in paralegal and law-related studies
Clayton State University is a 4-year, public university about 15 miles south of Atlanta in Morrow, Georgia. Its College of Arts and Science's Department of Social Sciences offers paralegal certificate, Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies and Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs.
The paralegal certificate program is designed for students who have already completed at least 60 credit hours of college-level study and are seeking paralegal specialization. Core courses for cover ethics, litigation, business law, computer applications, legal research and real estate law. The Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies requires the completion of 61 credit hours, including courses in subjects like family law, real estate law, litigation, ethics and office skills. The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies totals 120 credit hours of study and the curriculum includes general-education courses, as well as legal core courses and electives in topics like ethics, litigation, advanced research and constitutional law.