Kansas Paralegal Schools

There are several paralegal schools in Kansas that provide new job seekers and career changers the opportunity to earn a paralegal degree in a reasonably short time. This career move to paralegal can be a rewarding and lucrative one.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools

Johnson County Community College: Johnson County Community College offers the only American Bar Association approved programs in the Kansas City area: a Paralegal Associate of Arts and a Paralegal Certificate. The Associate of Arts and the Certificate are 65 hours and 34 hours respectively. Additionally, these paralegal courses of study are approved by the ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs). Seven full time and adjunct professors teach paralegal students, all of which have extensive legal backgrounds.

Washburn University: The Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies offers three American Bar Association approved programs: a Bachelor in Legal Studies (BLS), an Associate of Arts in Legal Studies and a Certificate in Legal Studies. The BLS is a full four year degree while the AA typically takes two years to complete and he Certificate is 36 hours. Regardless of what type of program one pursues, all Legal Studies students are required to complete Introduction to Law, Legal Research I, Litigation I, and Legal Writing. The School of Applied Sciences, under which the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies fall, has scholarships available for its declared majors.

How to Become a Paralegal in Kansas

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are approximately 2,000 paralegals working in the state of Kansas. Most of the paralegals work in the metro areas of Topeka, Kansas City and Wichita. However, Kansas does have the highest concentration of paralegals working in a nonmetropolitan area. Kansas has not set any regulations in place for individuals to be considered legal paraprofessionals. However, the Kansas Bar Association has set its own set of recommendations. They recommend that an aspiring paralegal either completes a paralegal studies program that has been ABA approved, passing a national certification, complete a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of one year of in house paralegal training, or five years of work experience under the direct supervision of a lawyer.

The median salary for a paralegal in Kansas is $42,240.00.

Paralegal Schools in Kansas

The state of Kansas has two paralegal programs that are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Additional programs in paralegal studies may be found through online options such as Kaplan University, Virginia College, and Westwood College, among others.

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Paralegal Education Requirements

The state of Kansas does not have any specific educational requirements for paralegals. Prospective paralegals might, however, contact several law firms to inquire about what education or skills they desire in their paralegals. Another way to get more information is to contact one of the professional organizations for paralegals in Kansas – the Kansas Association of Legal Assistants (which is affiliated with NALA) and the Kansas Legal Assistants Society (affiliated with the NFPA).

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Top Law Firms for Paralegal Graduates in Kansas

Foulston Siefkin LLP works in over 40 practice areas for a variety of clients, from established businesses to individuals from its three offices in Kansas, located in Wichita, Topeka, and Overland Park. Foulston Siefkin is proud to offer its staff the opportunity to work at a national level by leveraging its position as the largest law firm in Kansas, and focuses not only on recruiting top candidates but also on retaining its quality staff. Paralegals are afforded benefits similar to those of attorneys at the firm, including a tuition reimbursement benefit. Payne & Jones was established in 1926, and is headquartered in Kansas City. It specializes in several major practice areas, so paralegals at this firm have an opportunity to learn more about areas of law of particular interest. Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC has been in business for well over 100 years, and though it has locations in major metropolitan areas such as New York, it also offers its “big city expertise” in Kansas. It offers paralegals professional development and resources that are difficult for smaller firms to match.

Kansas Paralegal Salary and Job Outlook

The average salary for paralegals in Kansas is about $48,000. This is very close to the average salary for paralegals across the country. Further, the job outlook for paralegals in Kansas is very positive. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the need for paralegals will increase by 28 percent in the decade ending in 2018. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that many businesses are hiring paralegals to do work that lawyers have previously done (like legal research and drafting of documents). This cost-cutting measure allows the paralegals to do the initial work, and lawyers to come in and finalize the work, at a reduced cost to the business.

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Paralegal Schools in Kansas

Brown Mackie College (Lenexa, KS; Salina, KS)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal
Diploma | Paralegal Assistant

Cloud County Community College (Concordia, KS)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Paralegal Studies

Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, KS)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Paralegal

Johnson County Community College (Overland Park, KS)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Paralegal
Certificate | Paralegal

Kansas City Kansas Community College (Kansas City, KS)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Paralegal

National American University (Overland Park, KS)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
Bachelor of Science | Paralegal Studies

Newman University (Wichita, KS)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal

Washburn University (Topeka, KS)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal
Associate of Arts | Legal Studies
Bachelor Degree | Legal Studies

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