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Maine Paralegal Schools

If you are considering becoming a paralegal or legal assistant, and you are looking for Maine paralegal schools, your campus-based options are limited. In fact, there are no American Bar Association (ABA) approved campus-based paralegal programs in the state of Maine.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools

University of Maine at Augusta: The College of Professional Studies at the University of Maine at Augusta offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies. The certificate is a total of 18 credit hours and interested students must first complete 60 hours with an accredited university or college. The first five courses are required Paralegal Studies core, including Legal Research and Materials, Principles of Litigation, and Estate Administration. Students choose between Family or Paralegal Practicum for their elective credit, the latter of which involves working in a law firm/legal office.

Husson University: The School of Legal Studies at Husson University offers three Paralegal Studies programs: a Bachelor of Science, an Associate of Science, and a Paralegal Studies Certificate. Students have two organizations, the Paralegal Club and Lambda Epsilon Chi Honor Society, through which to build social and professional circles. The Paralegal Studies Certificate is designed to supplement a two year or four year degree and consists of 36 credit hours. The Bachelor of Science and the Associate of Science are 121 hours and 60 hours respectively, and both adequately prepare individuals to succeed in the paralegal profession.

How to Become a Paralegal in Maine

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the amount of paralegals in the state of Maine is almost equal to the number of attorneys. There are almost 1,000 paralegals practicing in this state. The general guideline for the definition of a paralegal in most states is that a paralegal is a person who is employed and under direct supervision of an attorney. The paralegal is delegated substantive legal work and the employing attorney is responsible for the actions of the paralegal. Maine has gone one step further and made this into a state law. If a person presents himself or herself as a paralegal without proper qualification, they can be fines up to $1,000.00.

The median salary for paralegals in Maine is $44,500.00.

Paralegal Schools in Maine

An alternative to the few on-campus paralegal schools in Maine is to acquire a certificate or paralegal degree through an online university such as Kaplan University, Virginia College, Westwood College, Post University, Keiser University, or Hodges University. Most of these have either national or regional (or both) accredited programs in paralegal studies. Virginia College offers an online Bachelor of Science – Paralegal Studies and Boston University offers an online Paralegal Certificate.

Maine Paralegal Education Requirements

The state of Maine does not have any specific educational requirements for paralegals. However, you will be much more marketable and attractive to potential employers if you have obtained certification through one of the national paralegal associations. This can be accomplished by taking the National Federation of Paralegal Associations’ Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam or the National Association of Legal Assistants’ Certified Legal Assistant Exam. In addition to a passing score on one of these exams, certifications through these associations usually also requires some education and work experience as well. It is a good idea to contact one of these organizations for specific information on the requirements.

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Top Law Firms for Paralegal Graduates in Maine

Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, Chartered, LLP maintains offices throughout New England, and works with some of the most successful businesses in the region. The firm stands out from other law firms in its focus on going green with an in-house sustainability program to reduce its environmental impact. Preti Flaherty gives its staff a rewarding work life balance while challenging them to be the best. Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, P.A. is headquartered in Portland, Maine, and is one of the largest multi-service law firms in northern New England. It seeks not just qualified individuals but individuals committed to client service for its paralegal needs. Drummond Woodsum is regularly lauded for its pro bono work and its work in immigrant advocacy. Founded in 1965, Drummond Woodsum is well known and still growing, leading to a need for recent paralegal graduates who want to work in a cooperative office that encourages all professionals to share their ideas.

Maine Paralegal Salary and Job Outlook

The average annual salary for paralegals in Maine is about $44,000, which is slightly under the national average. The job outlook is very positive, as growth is projected to be well over 20% in the years from 2008-2018. There are several reasons for this. One reason is that as the population ages, there is a greater need for a variety of legal services for them (wills, estates, trusts, disability, and property matters, for example).

Online and Maine Paralegal Schools

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Paralegal Schools in Maine

Husson University (Bangor, ME)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies
Bachelor of Science | Paralegal Studies
Certificate | Paralegal Studies

Kaplan University (S Portland, ME)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
Certificate | Paralegal Studies

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