Individuals in Utah have several options when it comes to earning an associate's degree to become a paralegal. The Latter-Day Saints Business College allows students to complete either an internship or a practicum, and courses are taught by legal professionals. The programs at Salt Lake Community College and Utah Valley University have both been approved by the American Bar Association. The training obtained at Southern Utah University can be applied to real estate, public administration and business in addition to the paralegal field.
Read on for more information about the schools that offer paralegal training programs and to find a comparative table that includes school setting details and tuition statistics.
LDS Business College
Salt Lake City's LDS Business College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies program that trains students in legal research and case management. The program allows students to learn through job shadowing, projects and internships as well. The curriculum includes criminal law, contract law ethics, torts, bankruptcy law and an introduction to civil litigation. Instructors also teach students how to communicate in a business setting, develop a professional work ethic, interview clients and outline a legal research plan. There's also a paralegal practicum included in the curriculum if students would rather not complete an internship.
Salt Lake Community College
The Associate of Applied Science degree program at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City teaches students through team and group activities. Once they've completed the program, graduates might be ready for employment or continued study. The college also offers evening sessions of the Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal exam, which can potentially advance an individual's career. In addition to a paralegal practicum, the curriculum also includes legal portfolio creation, an introduction to law, evidence, legal writing and criminal law.
Southern Utah University
Cedar City's Southern Utah University offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in paralegal/legal assistant that might prove useful for individuals looking to attend law school as well as those wanting to become paralegals. Pre-law students have the option of taking paralegal courses as part of their bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies program or as electives. Required courses include family law, legal interviewing, laws of evidence, real estate law, law office management and civil procedures. Administrative law and an internship are included in the list of suggested electives.
Utah Valley University
Orem's Utah Valley University offers a Certificate of Proficiency, an Associate of Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies. As of July 2016, the university's minor in legal studies hasn't been approved by the American Bar Association and doesn't train students to become paralegals. Legal studies students are required to complete an internship or a cooperative education. Courses in the legal studies programs include technology in law practice, legal environment, constitutional law and an introduction to American law.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Paralegal Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|LDS Business College||Two-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies||$3,440|
|Salt Lake Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies|| $3,843 (in-state)
|Southern Utah University||Four-year, public; remote town||Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal/Legal Assistant|| $6,770 (in-state)
|Utah Valley University||Four-year, public; small city|| Certificate of Proficiency in Legal Studies,
Associate of Science in Legal Studies,
Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
| $5,726 (in-state)
Source: *NCES College Navigator