Indiana Paralegal Schools

There are many campus-based and online paralegal degree programs in Indiana paralegal schools that allow prospective students to obtain certification or a degree in paralegal or legal studies. Paralegals provide invaluable services to law firms; they support attorneys in several ways. A typical day for a paralegal might include researching records at the courthouse, analyzing evidence for an upcoming case, drafting a contract for a client, and preparing correspondence. Although paralegals work under the supervision of attorneys, and they do much of the legal support work, they cannot give legal advice nor present cases in court.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools in Indiana

Ball State University: Ball State University has an undergraduate degree in legal studies in the Department of Political Science. This American Bar Association approved program comes with two concentration options: the public law option or the business option. The public law option is suitable for those interested in a career in government, law or public policy while the business option is designed for those wishing to advance in business organizations. Combined, the faculty in the Department of Political Science have over 300 years of research experience and often do collaborative work through the Bowen Center for Public Affairs.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College: Saint Mary of-the-Woods College has three American Bar Association approved paralegal programs: paralegal studies major, paralegal associate degree, and the paralegal certificate. The major is a full four year degree while the associates and certificate are 72 hours and 27 hours respectively. Paralegal students can create their own social and professional circles with the Legal Assistants at the Woods (InLAW), which hosts Law Day every spring. The paralegal major has two distinct tracks: the litigation track and the personal law track.

How to Become a Paralegal in Indiana

Twenty five percent of Indiana’s legal community is made up of the state’s 3,500 paralegals. The paralegal population is broken up over several professional sectors including government, industry, private law firms, as well as corporate law. There are three paralegal associations in the state of Indiana that encourage its members to become nationally certified although the state has no requirement that this be done. There are no educational or training guidelines. However, Indiana’s Rule 5.3 does state that the paralegal must work under the direct supervision of a lawyer. This supervising attorney will also take responsibility for the professional conduct of the paralegal.

The median yearly income for a paralegal in the state of Indiana is $39,450.00.

Paralegal Schools in Indiana

To be more competitive in the job market, it is a good idea to obtain a degree in paralegal or legal studies. There are many paralegal degree programs that are offered online in Indiana. Some offer an associate’s degree in paralegal (Virginia College, Stonecliffe College Online, and Westwood College). Some offer an associate’s and a bachelor’s degree (Kaplan University – School of Legal Studies, Hodges University, and Keiser University). Some programs offer a certificate program in addition to their associate’s and bachelor’s degrees (Minnesota School of Business and Post University. George Washington University offers an online Master’s degree (Master of Professional Studies in Paralegal Studies).

There are several campus-based paralegal degree programs in Indiana as well. Brown Mackie College offers an associate’s, bachelor’s, and certificate program, and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. International Business College offers an associate’s, and bachelor’s degree, and is also accredited by ACICS. Calumet College of St. Joseph offers an associate’s, bachelor’s, and post-baccalaureate certificate. There are currently two ABA approved programs; Ball State University and Vincennes University both offer associate’s degrees.

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Indiana Paralegal Education and Certification Requirements

Although the state of Indiana does not, at this time, have any specific requirements for paralegals, the paralegal associations have developed suggested qualifications for paralegals, including: PACE or CLA/CP certification, a bachelor’s degree in paralegal plus 1 year of work experience, a general bachelor’s degree and 2 years of work experience, an associate’s degree in paralegal and 3 years of work experience, a general associate’s degree and four years of work experience, a paralegal certificate and five years of work experience, or a high school diploma and six years of work experience. You might also find helpful information through the organizations for paralegals in Indiana, the Indiana Legal Assistants, the Indiana Paralegal Association, the Michiana Paralegal Association, and the Northeast Indiana Paralegal Association.

Top Law Firms for Paralegal Graduates in Indiana

Bose McKinney & Evans has been ranked among US News’ Best Law Firms in multiple categories including Litigation-Trusts and Estate and Venture Capital Law, and has also been lauded by Fortune. Bose McKinney & Evans is proud to maintain a leadership position in the Indiana legal community, and is committed to diversity in all of its areas of operation. It partners experienced legal staff with new hires to ensure a successful transition to a new career. Barnes & Thornburg LLP, one of the largest law firms in Indiana, takes a client driven approach to legal representation in all of its US offices, which include offices in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, and South Bend. Barnes & Thornburg is committed to quality in its practice and staff, and relies on highly skilled paralegals to drive its success. Lewis & Kappes is a large law firm with a small firm approach to business, relying on its efficiency and focus to meet client needs. The firm looks for talented paralegals to support its efforts, and welcomes applications at all times.

Indiana Paralegal Salary and Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected 28% growth in the profession in the decade of 2008-2018, so becoming a paralegal is an excellent career option. The middle 50% of paralegals in Indiana earn between $40,995 and $53,461 annually. This figure varies depending on geographic location and type of position.

Online and Indiana Paralegal Schools

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Penn Foster Schools
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Paralegal

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Liberty University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • CERT: Paralegal Studies

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Beckfield College
Campuses: 1Cincinnati
Popular Degrees:

  • Paralegal Studies

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Bryan University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Associate Degree in Litigation and E-Discovery Paralegal

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Concord Law School
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Executive J.D. SM Program
  • Juris Doctor Program

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California University of Pennsylvania
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence: Legal Studies

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Grand Canyon University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • M.S. in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies


Paralegal Schools in Indiana

Brown Mackie College (Fort Wayne, IN; Indianapolis, IN; Merrillville, IN; Michigan City, IN)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal
Bachelor of Science | Legal Studies
Certificate | Paralegal Assistant

Calumet College of St. Joseph (Whiting, IN)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal/Pre-Law
Bachelor of Science | Paralegal/Pre-Law
Bachelor of Science | Probation, Parole and Courts
Certificate | Paralegal/Pre-Law

College of Court Reporting Inc (Hobart, IN)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Court Reporting
Associate of Applied Science | Court Reporting (online program)

International Business College (Fort Wayne, IN; Indianapolis, IN)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Legal Administration
Associate Degree | Paralegal
Bachelor Degree | Legal Administration
Bachelor Degree | Paralegal
Diploma | Legal Administration

ITT Technical Institute (Fort Wayne, IN; Indianapolis, IN; Newburgh, IN; South Bend, IN)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies

Ivy Tech Community College (Bloomington, IN; Columbus, IN; Evansville, IN; Fort Wayne, IN; Gary, IN; Indianapolis, IN; Kokomo, IN; Lafayette, IN; Madison, IN; Muncie, IN; Richmond, IN; Sellersburg, IN; South Bend, IN; Terre Haute, IN)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies (online program)
Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies
Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies (online program)

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (Saint Mary-Of-The-Woods, IN)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal Studies
Bachelor of Science | Paralegal Studies: Litigation
Bachelor of Science | Paralegal Studies: Personal Law
Certificate | Paralegal Studies

Vincennes University (Vincennes, IN)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal
Certificate | Paralegal

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