Arizona Paralegal Schools

Arizona paralegal schools offer aspiring paralegals the ability to work in the legal field with a position that offers strong opportunities for growth. Job growth is excellent for individuals who acquire a paralegal degree in Arizona, with positions opening at a rate much higher than the national average.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools

Everest College – Phoenix: Everest College Phoenix has a 24 month Paralegal Associate in Applied Science degree program that has been approved by the American Bar Association. Students learn the essentials of becoming and working as certified legal assistants for attorneys and other law professionals. Those pursuing an AAS must complete 96 hours with major core credits constituting 44 of those hours with Introduction to Paralegal, Legal Research and Writing (I and II) and Law Office Management. As for electives, majors can choose from five different specialty courses: Bankruptcy, Contemporary Issues and Law, Business Organizations, Introduction to Administrative Law, and Real Estate Law.

Phoenix College – Phoenix: The Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies is the most sought after program in Phoenix College’s Legal Studies Division. This associates degree is approved by the American Bar Association and generally takes two years to complete. Three full time faculty teach for the Paralegal Studies program and instruct students in courses like The Paralegal Profession, Introduction to Law, Criminal Trial Procedure, and Legal Writing. Students who pursue an internship must commit to 160 hours of supervised work within a law firm or legal office in addition to attending internship seminar classes.

How to Become a Paralegal in Arizona

In the state of Arizona, there is not a preset level of education that must be attained before working as a paralegal. According to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the Phoenix area of Arizona has the 10th largest population of paralegals in the United States. Part of the reason for such a large number of paralegals is that Arizona is the first state that allows individuals to enter the profession through hands on training, education, or certification on the national level.

The median salary for paralegals on Arizona as of 2011 is $48,940.00. There are two paralegal associations in Arizona; the Arizona Paralegal Association (APA) and the Arizona Association of Independent Paralegals (AZAIP).

Coursework at Arizona Paralegal Schools

The Arizona Association of Legal Assistants is a statewide organization linked to many Arizona paralegal schools, and coursework prepares students to take a licensing exam for certification. To do so, students take coursework in proficiency in computer basics, legal research and writing, before moving onto basic tenets of criminal law, civil litigation and aspects of the constitution that affect legal practices. Electives at Arizona paralegal schools tend to focus on more specific aspects of law, including family law and wills and probate.

Featured Paralegal Schools in Arizona

Lamson College in Tempe and Phoenix College, eponymously named for its base city, both offer associate’s degrees in paralegal studies that are certified by the American Bar Association. Both promise strong opportunities for internships and preparation for the certified legal assistant exam. Phoenix College also offers a certificate program. For those looking for online Arizona paralegal schools, Everest college provides a two-year program with computerized legal research courses, and Herzing University is also an online paralegal school option.

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Top Law Firms for Paralegal Graduates in Arizona

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. is widely regarded as one of the best law firms in Arizona thanks to a client centered approach that combines the best qualities of a national firm with the focus on personal attention of a boutique firm. NGD has tripled in size in just three years, leading to an aggressive recruiting strategy for attorneys and paralegal staff to fuel its expansion. Snell & Wilmer is one of the largest full service law firms in the Western US, with offices across the western US and Mexico. Its Phoenix and Tucson offices are centrally located, and continually recruit for support staff as Snell & Wilmer expands through its own cash flow. Phillips Law Group is among the largest consumer law firms in Arizona, and is headquartered in Phoenix. Phillips Law Group works in virtually all areas of consumer litigation, and paralegals at the firm support recognized attorneys with years of experience in their fields.

Arizona Paralegal Salary and Job Outlook

A downturn in the economy can be good news for those looking to become a paralegal in Arizona. Law firms are downsizing and giving more work and increasing responsibility to paralegals. Starting annual salaries are above $30,000 and an average salary of nearly $48,000 for Arizona paralegals make it one of the most financially rewarding career options in the state, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Online and Arizona Paralegal Schools

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Featured Paralegal School in AZ

Pima Community College (Tucson, AZ) >>Request Information!
(520) 206-4500

Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal
Post Baccalaureate Certificate | Paralegal

Paralegal Schools in Arizona

Arizona Western College (Yuma, AZ)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
Occupational Certificate | Paralegal Studies

Brown Mackie College (Phoenix, AZ; Tucson, AZ)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal
Bachelor of Science | Legal Studies

East Valley Institute of Technology (Mesa, AZ)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Law

Everest College (Phoenix, AZ)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal

Everest College-Phoenix (Mesa, AZ)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal

Fortis College (Phoenix, AZ)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Court Reporting
Certificate | Paralegal

Phoenix College (Phoenix, AZ)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Paralegal
Certificate of Completion | Paralegal

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