Legal administration associate and bachelor's degree programs can be found at many 2- and 4-year colleges. Master's degree programs are generally offered by universities with a law school or professional studies department.
Schools Offering Legal Administrative Assistant Programs
Legal administration programs are offered at the institutions listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2018-2019)*|
|Blackhawk Technical College||Janesville, WI||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $4,364; Out-of-state $6,647|
|Clarion University of Pennsylvania||Clarion, PA||4-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $11,175; Out-of-state $16,054|
|Jefferson College||Hillsboro, MO||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $3,300; In-state $4,920; Out-of-state $6,510|
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Milwaukee, WI||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $4,589; Out-of-state $6,602|
|North Iowa Area Community College||Mason City, IA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $5,408; Out-of-state $7,721|
|Olympic College||Bremerton, WA||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $3,771; Out-of-state $4,241|
|St Philip's College||San Antonio, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $2,820; In-state $6,300; Out-of-state $13,830|
|Yuba College||Marysville, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $1,124; Out-of-state $6,404|
|College of Western Idaho||Nampa, ID||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $3,336; In-state $4,336; Out-of-state $7,344|
|Lake Land College||Mattoon, IL||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $4,110; In-state $7,934; Out-of-state $13,736|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
There are many things to consider when selecting a program in this discipline.
- Schools that offer internship opportunities allow students to gain practical experience at a law firm, court, corporate legal department, bank or government agency, and may make graduates stronger job candidates or provide the opportunity to parlay the internship into a full time position.
- Schools that offer job placement assistance and have relationships with local law firms or corporations can be a valuable service to graduates, and programs approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) may help candidates secure better positions upon graduation.
- Working students may prefer schools that offer live classes during evenings and weekends to make obtaining a degree more feasible.
- Students should be sure that their chosen program complies with requirements for the state in which they want to work. Program curricula might also prepare graduates to earn certification from such professional associations as the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and the American Alliance of Paralegals.
Legal Assistant Certificate Programs
Certificate programs are geared towards students who already hold an associate or bachelor's degree and are either already working in the field or would like to shift their career focus. Programs range from 18-60 credits and many include a semester for an internship.
Associate Degree in Legal Administration
Typically two years long, associate degree programs include general education classes to complement courses in legal administration. Proven competency in English and computers is also a requirement for most programs. Students aspiring to become paralegals may elect specializations in general law or litigation.
Bachelor's Degree in Legal Administration
In these 4-year programs, students hone their legal research and analytical skills. In several programs students will get exposure to accounting and billing procedures for a law office. Some programs include paralegal certification and many students earning a bachelor's degree go on to apply to law school.
Master's Degree in Legal Administration
Students in a master's degree program are normally preparing for a career managing legal organizations, courts or law firms. Typically around 30 credits, these programs can include specializations in law firm administration, court administration or international court administration. These programs are normally open to candidates with a bachelor's degree or foreign equivalent and usually require GMAT, LSAT or GRE scores.
Legal administration programs are available at several institutions at the undergraduate and graduate level. Certificate and associate's degrees in legal administration are common, and some schools also offer bachelor's or master's degree programs.