Minnesota Paralegal Schools

Minnesota paralegal schools offer aspiring legal assistants targeted coursework to earn a paralegal degree and join a growing field that is gaining job opportunities faster than nearly any other sector until 2018. The opportunities for career growth in the legal field and high salary compared to the education requirements involved.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools

Hamline University: The Department of Legal Studies at Hameline University houses the paralegal certificate program, certified by the American Bar Association. The certificate is 32 credit hours with 16 of those credits dedicated to paralegal courses, all of which typically takes a year to complete. Those who pursue an internship must commit to 150 work hours within a law firm or other type of legal office. Students must also fulfill a portion of their elective requirements by completing both legal specialty courses and law-related courses.

Minnesota State University – Moorehead: The Paralegal Department at Minnesota State University Moorehead offers an American Bar Association approved Bachelor of Science in Paralegal. Areas of emphasis include commercial law, elder law and probate, and litigation. Students must complete 12 major core courses, including Principles of Accounting, Introduction to Paralegal, and Civil Procedure I. Paralegal majors can also earn one to twelve credit hours through an internship after completing two courses from their emphasis.

How to Become a Paralegal in Minnesota

Some law firms hire paralegals in Minnesota and train them on the job. However, Minnesota paralegal schools offer coursework that can increase employment prospects. Most begin with introductory courses on the American legal system, how to research and write effectively, and tenets of contract and corporate law. Civil litigation, estates and probate law are also covered, as are real estate and tort law. Depending on the Minnesota paralegal school, advanced courses include mock trials or internships.

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Paralegal Schools in Minnesota

There are many Minnesota paralegal schools, and several that have American Bar Association certification. Inver Hills Community College and North Hennepin Community College both offer two-year associates paralegal degree programs, while North Hennepin also offers a certificate program. Four-year bachelor’s degree programs are available at Hamline University, Minnesota State University at Moorehead and Winona State University. For those with tight schedules, online paralegal school options include Keiser University and Virginia College with associates degrees.

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Top Law Firms for Paralegal Graduates in Minnesota

Faegre Baker Daniels is a global firm, one of the largest law firms in the US, and the largest law firm in Minnesota, with offices in Minneapolis. Faegre Baker Daniels is consistently ranked among the top law firms in the US and the UK in various practice areas, including M&A, food regulation, product liability, and many others. Its work culture is one of high performance, teamwork, and overall excellence, while its paralegal benefits are among the best available. Moss & Barnett is one of the top law firms in the Upper Midwest, and gives its clients personalized attention paired with its full service experience. Paralegals are deeply involved in the delivery of Moss & Barnett’s legal services, and work closely and directly with the firm’s clients. Vogel Law Firm has Minnesota offices in Moorhead and Minneapolis, and practices primarily in commercial transactions, criminal law defense, and family law. Vogel Law Firm is regularly hiring as it expands in Minnesota and neighboring North Dakota.

Minnesota Paralegal Salary and Job Outlook

Law firms are looking for Minnesota paralegals to take an expanded role; paralegals can handle all tasks except those that are within the scope of the practice of law such as representing clients in court and offering legal advice. A number of businesses also need paralegals to review legal contracts, as do a number of government agencies at the local, state and federal level. An average salary in Minnesota is roughly $50,000, while even the lowest paid Minnesota paralegals tend to make more than $30,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Advancement is possible through expanded job responsibilities, or managing or other Minnesota paralegals.

Online and Minnesota Paralegal Schools

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Liberty University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • CERT: Paralegal Studies

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National American University
Campuses: 1Sioux Falls
Popular Degrees:

  • Paralegal Studies A.A.S.
  • Paralegal Studies B.S.

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Penn Foster Schools
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Paralegal

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Kaplan University - KHE
Campuses: 1Lewiston
Popular Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science: Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Applied Science: Paralegal Studies
  • Certificate: Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate

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Bryan University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Associate Degree in Litigation and E-Discovery Paralegal

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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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Concord Law School
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

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

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Globe University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • BS-Paralegal
  • AAS-Paralegal

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Grand Canyon University
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    Paralegal Schools in Minnesota

    Alexandria Technical College (Alexandria, MN)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Applied Science | Paralegal
    Associate in Applied Science | Paralegal (online program)
    Associate of Applied Science | Legal Administrative Assistant

    Anoka Technical College (Anoka, MN)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Judicial Reporting
    Associate of Applied Science | Legal Administrative Assistant
    Certificate | Legal Administrative Assistant
    Certificate | Legal Transcription

    Duluth Business University (Duluth, MN)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Applied Science | Paralegal

    Inver Hills Community College (Inver Grove Heights, MN)
    Associate of Science | Legal Office Assistant
    Associate of Science | Paralegal
    Certificate | Legal Administrative Assistant
    Post Baccalaureate Certificate | Paralegal

    ITT Technical Institute (Eden Prairie, MN)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies

    Lake Superior College (Duluth, MN)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
    Associate in Science | Paralegal Studies
    Associate of Applied Science | Legal Administrative Assistant
    Certificate | Legal Secretary
    Certificate | Paralegal Studies

    Minnesota School of Business (Blaine, MN; Brooklyn Center, MN; Elk River, MN; Moorhead, MN; Shakopee, MN; Waite Park, MN)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Applied Science | Paralegal
    Associate in Applied Science | Paralegal (online program)
    Bachelor of Science | Paralegal
    Bachelor of Science | Paralegal (online program)
    Diploma | Legal Administrative Assistant
    Post Baccalaureate Certificate | Paralegal Studies
    Post Baccalaureate Certificate | Paralegal Studies (online program)

    Minnesota State University Moorhead (Moorhead, MN)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor of Science | Paralegal: Litigation
    Bachelor of Science | Paralegal: Commercial Law
    Bachelor of Science | Paralegal: Elder Law and Probate

    National American University (Bloomington, MN; Brooklyn Center, MN)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
    Bachelor of Science | Paralegal Studies

    North Hennepin Community College (Brooklyn Park, MN)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Science | Paralegal
    Certificate | Paralegal

    Rasmussen College (Bloomington, MN; Brooklyn Park, MN; Eagan, MN; Lake Elmo, MN; Mankato, MN; St. Cloud, MN)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate Degree | Paralegal
    Associate Degree | Paralegal (online program)
    Certificate | Paralegal
    Certificate | Paralegal (online program)

    Winona State University (Winona, MN)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Diploma | Paralegal

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