Tulsa Paralegal Schools
There are a couple of schools in the Tulsa, OK, area that offer programs with paralegal classes. This article highlights the coursework and legal topics covered in the programs at two colleges -- both of which are reachable in under 15 minutes from the center of the city. A school stats table also provides details on the institutions in a variety of areas ranging from financial aid to graduation rates.
- Located about six miles from the downtown area, Tulsa Community College (TCC) offers the only paralegal associate's degree programs in the area. This school is also a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.
- The University of Tulsa offers a post-associate's degree paralegal certificate program. Since this school has 11 students for every faculty member, students can expect class sizes to be small. The institution, situated roughly four miles from central Tulsa, is one of the few Oklahoma schools that is approved by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals.
Comparison of Schools
Get even more info about the featured colleges in the following table, which may help you decide which school best fits your needs. It contains figures and facts on acceptance rates, student enrollment, tuition costs and more.
|Tulsa Community College||University of Tulsa|
|School Type||2-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||16,897*||4,433*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$3,221 in-state; $8,237 out-of state*||$41,509*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||87%*||96%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admission||39%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||61% for full-time students*||88% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||15% (students beginning Fall 2014)*||69% (students beginning Fall 2011)*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.
Tulsa Community College
In order to graduate from either of TCC's paralegal training programs, students are required to demonstrate computer proficiency. Graduates of the paralegal training programs are eligible to sit for the Certified Legal Assistants exam that is administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants.
Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal Studies
This program is tasked with preparing students to enter the workforce upon completion. Core paralegal courses cover civil procedure, contracts, real property law, legal system concepts, legal research and legal writing. Students may need to pass additional paralegal courses in criminal law, bankruptcy, family law, torts and law office systems. Students can also earn credit hours for participating in professional skills development through internships. Sixty-three credit hours are required for graduation.
Associate in Arts in Paralegal Studies
This program was created for students who want to transfer their credit hours to a 4-year degree program. Students are required to complete many of the same core paralegal courses that are found in the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) program. However, more general education courses are required by this program than the A.A.S program. Sixty-four credit hours are needed to graduate.
University of Tulsa
The University of Tulsa's certificate program in paralegal training is offered through the school's Division of Lifelong Learning. In order to qualify for the program, students are required to submit a 200-word writing sample, submit two professional references and have completed an associate's degree program. Students can choose to take the required courses during the day or night.
Certificate in Paralegal Studies
Students in this program are expected to pass 14 courses that cover topics in litigation, legal research and writing, legal ethics, torts, law office computers, real estate and mortgages. Additional required classes include business organization law, family law, debtor and creditor law, and criminal law.