Paralegal Courses in Hawaii with Degree Program Descriptions

Jul 23, 2019

Hawaii has at least three schools that offer paralegal courses. Learn about the degree programs, tuition info and program options at these three schools to make an informed education decision.

Essential Information

Individuals interested in completing a program to become a paralegal in Hawaii have at least three schools from which to choose. The courses are found within certificate and associate's degree programs. The certificate may be earned in less than two months; the associate's degree usually takes two years to earn. Certificate-earning students may choose from a number of formats, allowing them to study at home and at their own pace. The associate's degree prepares students for voluntary certification.

Individuals seeking paralegal courses in Hawaii may find them offered at public or private not-for-profit schools on two different islands. Here's a profile of the Hawaii schools that offer paralegal programs.

Chaminade University

Chaminade University in downtown Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, offers a paralegal certificate through an outside organization called the Center for Legal Studies. This program lasts around 7 weeks and is conducted online. Costs for the course are in addition to tuition at the university.

Hawaii Community College

Hawaii Community College in Hilo, on the island of Hawaii, offers an online paralegal certificate course through the college's Office of Continuing Education and Training. The courses themselves are offered by an outside organization called the Center for Legal Studies in connection with Hawaii Community College. The program is provided in consecutive 7-week sessions; students must complete both sessions to receive the certificate. Students can choose from an online, DVD or text-only format for their studies.

Kapiolani Community College

Honolulu's Kapiolani Community College offers a 2-year Associate in Science in Paralegal degree program that prepares students to work in the legal profession as legal assistants and paralegals. This 60-credit program trains students in basic legal and management concepts; courses cover various types of law as well as legal research and legal writing skills. The program is offered in the evenings to accommodate working adults and is approved by the American Bar Association. Students need to maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher for all courses and a letter grade of 'C' or better in all law courses. Graduates are eligible for national certification exams to become Certified Legal Assistants and Registered Paralegals. Certification is currently not required for paralegals and legal assistants in Hawaii.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Paralegal Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-19)
Chaminade University 4-year; private not-for-profit; large city Certificate in Paralegal $25,374*
(Center for Legal Studies costs not included)
Hawaii Community College 2-year; public; remote town Certificate in Paralegal $3,144 in-state;
$8,280 out-of-state*
(Center for Legal Studies costs not included)
Kapiolani Community College 2-year; public; large city Associate in Science in Paralegal $3,144 in-state;
$8,280 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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