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New Hampshire Paralegal Schools

New Hampshire paralegal schools can offer prospective paralegal students the tools they need to enter one of the most rapidly expanding sectors of the legal field. The ninth least populous state, New Hampshire employed 1,260 paralegals in 2014.1 Manchester is the metropolitan area with the eighth highest concentration of paralegal jobs in the country.1 High-quality legal administration is a growing asset to both attorneys and law firms who seek to cut costs by increasing efficiency.

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How to Become a Paralegal in New Hampshire

New Hampshire offers numerous options for people interested in pursuing a paralegal education. While there are no minimum educational or training requirements for prospective paralegals, most hiring attorneys and firms expect some level of education, and it is important for those entering the paralegal job market to know what these expectations are and how they can be met.

Paralegal programs range from certification to a master’s in paralegal studies, and there are employers looking for legal professionals along this entire range. Candidates must consider various factors when choosing how to approach the career field, such as the length of study, the location of the classes and cost.

New Hampshire Paralegal Salary and Job Outlook

In 2014, New Hampshire paralegals brought home an average salary of $47,630, which is nearly the same as the US average.1 With a low unemployment rate of 3.9%, the state is tied for sixth lowest in the nation.2 The job outlook for paralegals in New Hampshire is decent, if slightly lower than average for the country. An increase of 11.1% in paralegal and legal assistant jobs is expected in New Hampshire through 2022.3

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ABA-Approved Paralegal Schools in New Hampshire

There is one New Hampshire paralegal school with an American Bar Association certification:

Profiles of Well-Known Schools in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Technical Institute: The New Hampshire Technical Institute, Concord’s Community College, has the only American Bar Association-approved paralegal program in the state; an Associate in Applied Science, a certificate, and the new legal nurse consultant certificate. The AAS is a 67-69-hour course of study, while the paralegal studies certificate and legal nurse consultant certificate are 22-25 hours and 19 hours respectively. The legal nurse consultant certificate is a unique program that combines the standard paralegal curriculum with specialized instruction in health care law, completed once the student finishes his or her internship. Both certificate programs are available during the evenings to assist students who have full day schedules.

Nashua Community College: Students can pursue an Associate in Science in paralegal studies at Nashua Community College in Southern New Hampshire. This 64-hour degree takes four semesters to complete, with students enrolling in either a Paralegal Internship and Seminar or the Paralegal Capstone during their final term. This paralegal program is accredited by the American Association for Paralegal Education and Nashua Community College is an institutional member of the Paralegal Association of New Hampshire. Core paralegal studies courses include Basic Legal Studies, Legal Research and Writing, Contracts and Business Organizations, Litigation and Trial Preparation, and Real Estate Law.

Top Law Firms for Paralegal Graduates in New Hampshire

Shaheen & Gordon P.A. is a local New Hampshire firm with a national reputation for excellence in trial litigation, and serves clients across northern New England. Shaheen & Gordon encourages its staff to be involved with the local community and be active in civic life. The firm welcomes inquiries from paralegal graduates regarding career opportunities. Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell P.C. is a business and litigation law firm representing local, regional, national, and even multi-national businesses, as well as non-profits, municipalities, and individuals. Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell lawyers have received AV and BV ratings from Martindale-Hubbell and been ranked by The Best Lawyers in America, while the firm itself has been recognized by US News with multiple Metropolitan First-tier Best Law Firm rankings. Bradley & Faulkner, P.C. is the largest law firm in southwestern New Hampshire, providing a full suite of services to clients.

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Paralegal Schools in New Hampshire

Franklin Pierce University (Rindge, NH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Paralegal Studies (online program)

Hesser College (Manchester, NH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies

Nashua Community College (Nashua, NH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal Studies

Additional Resources:

Paralegal Association of New Hampshire (PANH) – Exists to promote the paralegal profession in New Hampshire by setting professional standards and offering networking and educational opportunities to its members.

New Hampshire Bar Association: Paralegal – Offers legal information about the paralegal profession in the state.

References:
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes232011.htm#ind
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Unemployment Rate for States: http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm
3. Projections Central: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm