Michigan Paralegal Schools

Michigan paralegal schools offer those interested in entering the legal profession the opportunity to earn a paralegal degree and learn the skills needed to enter a profession that plays a key role in how legal cases are completed and law firms operate. Unlike lawyers, a paralegal in Michigan can’t offer legal advice or represent a client in court. All other duties can be performed by paralegals, making them a valuable commodity at law firms and corporations.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools

Oakland University: Oakland University’s Professional and Continuing Education division offers an American Bar Association approved Paralegal Certificate. This program consists of 14 courses with 10 dedicated to core paralegal classes. Students can take evening and Saturday classes in three 12- week terms, starting either in September, January or April. The Paralegal Certificate is meant to supplement a completed degree or one that is in the process of being finished, and students must have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours from an accredited university or college.

Grand Valley State University: The School of Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State University gives students the opportunity to pursue an American Bar Association approved Legal Studies Major. This four year degree consists of 36 major credit hours with all students taking introductory courses such as Introduction to Law, Legal Research and Writing, Property and Probate Law, and Commercial Law. Students are also required to complete a Legal Studies internship with one of the many law offices that have an existing relationship with the School of Criminal Justice. Through the school, students can apply to one or more of the six available scholarships for Legal Studies majors such as the Paralegal Michigan Bar Association Scholarship.

How to Become a Paralegal in Michigan

There are numerous courses of study at Michigan paralegal schools allowing students to take as little as one year, or as many as four years, to complete a degree or certificate programs in paralegal studies. Much focus is on legal ethics, legal research and writing, and specific points of law regarding litigation, personal injury matters and contract law. Further studies often include seminars and internships that enable Michigan paralegal aspirants to apply what they’ve learned.

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Paralegal Schools in Michigan

Michigan paralegal schools are located throughout the state, including more than a dozen certified by the American Bar Association. Ferris, Grand Valley and Lake Superior State Universities all offer paralegal studies programs, and so do Kellogg, Lansing and Macomb Community Colleges. While there are many options, some Michigan paralegal aspirants may prefer online options such as Kaplan University or Herzing University for reasons of flexibility.

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Top Law Firms for Paralegal Graduates in Michigan

Garan Lucow Miller P.C. is headquartered in Detroit, and is one of the largest law firms not only in Michigan, but in the Great Lakes Region. The firm is continually expanding its practice areas, and looks for qualified support staff with integrity, excellence, and high client service aptitudes. Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C. maintains an outstanding reputation thanks to its focus on results and legal excellence in all areas of practice, to which it credits its focus on Midwestern values. Foster Swift works with clients of all sizes from individuals to corporations from its six Michigan offices. Foster Swift enjoys a low staff turnover rate thanks to its highly rated workplace, and encourages interested paralegals to apply for a position. Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is recognized by the leading legal publications in the US for its accomplishments and commitments to excellence. Warner Norcross represents some of the biggest names in US industry, including Whirlpool and Dow Chemical. Warner Norcross looks to hire the very best, and is aggressively recruiting diversity candidates.

Michigan Paralegal Salary and Job Outlook

Starting salaries for paralegals in Michigan are roughly $30,000, and on average a paralegal can make more than $50,000. Growth is expected to continue over the next several years, higher than that of other sectors, and increasing responsibilities allow for vertical career growth as law firm managers or overseeing a team of paralegals. Prospective paralegals can consider positions in law firms, corporate legal and finance departments, and various government agencies. Networking possibilities exist within the paralegal section of the Michigan Bar Association.

Online and Michigan Paralegal Schools

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Rasmussen College
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Penn Foster Schools
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Liberty University
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Post University
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  • Certificate: Paralegal (Legal Studies)
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California University of Pennsylvania
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  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy
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Grand Canyon University
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  • B.A. in Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies
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Paralegal Schools in Michigan

Academy of Court Reporting (Clawson, MI)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Career Training | Court Reporting
Certificate | Court Reporting
Certificate | Legal Office Assistant
Certificate | Paralegal

Baker College (Allen Park, MI; Auburn Hills, MI; Cadillac, MI; Clinton Township, MI; Flint, MI; Jackson, MI; Muskegon, MI; Port Huron, MI)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Business | Paralegal
Bachelor of Science | Legal Studies

Davenport University (Grand Rapids, MI)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies
Bachelor of Science | Paralegal Studies
Certificate | Paralegal Studies

Delta College (University Center, MI)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate in Business | Legal Support Professional

Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Paralegal
Bachelor of Science | Paralegal

Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn, MI)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate in Business | Paralegal Studies

ITT Technical Institute (Canton, MI; Swartz Creek, MI; Troy, MI; Wyoming, MI)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies

Kellogg Community College (Battle Creek, MI)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal
Post Baccalaureate Certificate | Paralegal

Lansing Community College (Lansing, MI)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate in Business | Paralegal
Post Baccalaureate Certificate | Paralegal

Lawton School Warren Branch (Warren, MI)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Paralegal/Legal Assistant

Madonna University (Livonia, MI)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies
Certificate | Nurse Paralegal

Oakland Community College (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Court and Caption Reporting
Associate in Applied Science | Paralegal
Associate of Applied Science | Court and Caption Reporting
Certificate | Court and Caption Reporting
Certificate | Paralegal

Wayne County Community College District (Detroit, MI)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Technology

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