Legal Assisting Degree Programs in Vancouver, WA with School Info

Sep 25, 2018

The Vancouver, WA, area has two schools that offer legal assisting degree programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Vancouver, WA, Schools Offering Legal Assisting Degree Programs

Aspiring legal assistants in Vancouver, WA, have two non-profit schools that offer legal assisting/paralegal degree programs, each of which is within 25 miles of the city.

  • Portland Community College is 16 miles from downtown Vancouver and offers a law library in which students can practice the research skills they learned in the school's paralegal studies associate's degree program.
  • Located 25 miles from downtown, Pioneer Pacific College offers an associate's degree program accredited by the American Bar Association that includes a 180-hour internship experience.

Comparison of Schools

Portland Community College Pioneer Pacific College
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; private, for-profit; primarily associate's
Total Enrollment (2017) 28,005* 1,036*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $4,088 in-state; $8,840 out-of-state* $13,338*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 70%* 92%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission
Full-time Student Retention Rate (2017) 67%* N/A
Graduation Rate (completed degree in 150% of 'normal time') 15% (students began in 2014)* 58% (students began in 2011-2012)*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics

Portland Community College

Portland Community College's 90-credit-hour associate's degree program includes general education, major classes and elective courses. The program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies

Courses in Portland Community College's associate's degree program cover topics like real estate law, employment law, criminal law, interviewing techniques, litigation methods, legal research and investigations. Other classes include ethics, legal software programs and computer legal research. Aside from academic learning, students can become members of the school's paralegal club.

Pioneer Pacific College

Pioneer Pacific College's associate's degree program in paralegal studies is also approved by the ABA. Graduates of this program can work in banks, corporate businesses, legal departments or for the government.

Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies

This program is designed to be completed in 60-70 weeks of full-time study. In addition to general education and core classes, the program includes a 180-hour externship in a law office. Its curriculum includes classes in torts, business law, criminal law, legal research and writing, civil procedure, political science and domestic relations.

Other School Options

Both the Portland and Vancouver campuses of Everett College have a legal assisting program, which are both 9 miles from downtown Vancouver.

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