Paralegal Certificate and Degree Programs in Nashua, NH

There are several schools within roughly 35 miles of Nashua, NH, that offer paralegal programs. Learn about the programs, admissions policies and requirements for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Nashua Paralegal Schools

There is only one school in Nashua, NH, with paralegal programs. However, there are other colleges within the state that provide training for paralegals. Two schools and the programs are profiled in the paragraphs and table below. A section about other school options for aspiring paralegals can be found at the end.

  • Nashua Community College is a member of both the Paralegal Association of New Hampshire (PANH) and the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAFPE). Located just 3 miles from the downtown, the college offers both a certificate and an associate degree in paralegal studies.
  • The NHTI - Concord's Community College in Concord offers paralegal certificate and degree programs that are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). This school is located 31 miles from downtown Nashua.

Comparison of Schools

Certificate- or degree-seeking students can use this table to compare the undergraduate tuition at the two featured schools. Information about admissions, financial aid and graduation can also be found below.

Nashua Community College NHTI - Concord's Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 1,791* 3,666*
Campus Setting Small city Town: fringe
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $7,328 in-state; $15,904 out-of-state* $7,424 in-state; $16,000 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 74%* 77%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 62% for full-time students; 47% for part-time students* 61% for full-time students; 56% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate for Students Who Began in 2014 26%* 20%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Nashua Community College

At this college, courses in the paralegal programs are taught by experienced attorneys. Students learn how to perform legal research, gather information, interview witnesses, draft documents and assist with trials.

Paralegal Studies Certificate

Students must complete 28 credit hours to earn the Paralegal Studies Certificate. Courses cover real estate, criminal and family law; basic legal studies; trial preparation and trusts. Students also learn how to conduct legal research and prepare contracts. They must also pass a college composition course.

Associate in Science in Paralegal Studies

Classes for this 2-year program are held in the evenings. The 60-61 credit curriculum requires many of the same courses found in the Paralegal Studies Certificate program. Additional courses include professional writing and presentations, human relations and American constitutional history; training in the use of software applications and financial accounting are also provided. Students also complete general education courses and a capstone or an internship.

NHTI - Concord's Community College

In addition to learning concepts in the classroom, students can participate in internships to develop practical skills. Currently, this school offers most of its paralegal courses in the evening.

Paralegal Studies Certificate

In order to enroll in this program, students need to complete 45 credit hours of general education courses, submit letters of reference and an essay. The curriculum includes courses in bankruptcy, contracts and torts, legal research and family law. Students also learn about criminal process, legal writing and probate estates. Although internships are optional, students who complete an internship can earn three credit hours. A total of 22-25 credit hours are needed for program completion.

Associate in Science in Paralegal Studies

Coursework in this program is similar to that required for the Paralegal Studies Certificate with the addition of general education requirements. Students also take courses in domestic relations law and contemporary ethical issues and participate in an internship or a seminar. Completion of 67-69 credit hours is required for graduation. Through articulation agreements with American College of History and Legal Studies, New England College, and Southern New Hampshire University, students can transfer to bachelor's degree programs at either of the schools.

Other School Options

Franklin Pierce University in Ringe, NH, offers an online paralegal certificate program. Massachusetts schools within 30 miles that offer paralegal programs include Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, North Shore Community College in Danvers and Middlesex Community College in Bedford.

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