Washington Paralegal Schools

Becoming a paralegal in Washington State is a targeted path to job opportunities that are growing faster than average, compared to other positions. Washington paralegal schools offer courses to earn a paralegal degree and develop the education and skills needed to enter a field that will grow by nearly one-third between 2008 and 2018 thanks to private and public sector needs.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools

Edmonds Community College: Edmonds Community College in Lynwood, Washington has three American Bar Association approved paralegal programs: an Associate of Technical Arts, an Advanced Paralegal Certificate, and a Medical Paralegal Certificate. The ATA course of study consists of 90 hours and the two post-baccalaureate certificates are 30 hours and 35 hours. The unique Medical Paralegal Certificate is designed for individuals in healthcare who wish to expand into a legal career, with coursework centered around issues of liability and case investigation. All Paralegal Studies students are required to enroll in Introduction to Law and the Legal Process, Civil Procedure, and Legal Research.

Tacoma Community College: Tacoma Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science, Paralegal and a Paralegal Preferred Pro- Certificate; both approved by the American Bar Association. The AAS consists of 100 credits and the Paralegal Preferred Pro-Certificate is only 55 credits. The core courses for both programs include Professional Document Production, Criminal Law, Paralegal Fundamentals and Ethics, Legal Research and Writing, and Introduction to Civil Law. The elective courses are meant to provide students with room to pursue a specialization such as Family Law, Real Estate Law, Bankruptcy Law, or Employment and Labor Law.

How to Become a Paralegal in Washington

Since paralegals can handle most aspects of the legal process outside of the scope of the practice of law, Washington paralegal school curricula resembles that of a law school. Introductory courses focus on the tenets of the legal system, civil procedure and legal research. Washington paralegal aspirants hone their research and writing skills through a variety of law disciplines, including administrative law, real estate and property law. Internships and cooperative options afford Washington paralegal aspirants the ability to put their skills into practice.

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Paralegal Schools in Washington

While there are a number of paralegal schools in Washington State, five meet the American Bar Association’s standards for certification. Edmonds Community College in Lynwood, Highline Community College in Des Moines, Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Spokane Community College and Tacoma Community College all offer paralegal programs that culminate in associate’s degree programs. Some may wish to consider online options like Rasmussen College or South University for added flexibility.

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Top Law Firms for Paralegal Graduates in Washington

Luvera Law Firm is a national firm, and is recognized for its high standards, ethics, and experience. Luvera Law Firm focuses on providing services related to personal injury litigation, and has worked for the Washington State Attorney General as well as other prestigious clients. Staff at all levels of the firm are encouraged to be active in the communities where they live and work. Van Ness Feldman, LLP maintains an office in Seattle, Washington in addition to its office in Washington, D.C., and has been highly ranked by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Environmental Finance, The Legal 500, and others. This focused firm works in energy, environment, and natural resource law matters, and regularly hires paralegals to support its work. Garvey Schubert Barer is an international firm working in virtually all services and industries, with an office in Seattle. Garvey Schubert Barer seeks out motivated, high-performing individuals to join its team.

Washington Paralegal Salary and Job Outlook

Base salary for a paralegal in Washington is more than $30,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and compensation grows linearly with responsibility. The top quartile of Washington paralegals make more than $59,000, and often take more supervisory responsibility. In addition to law firms, corporate legal and finance departments often have openings for paralegals in Washington, as do public agencies at the state and local levels.

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Paralegal Schools in Washington

Clark College (Vancouver, WA)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal
Certificate | Paralegal

Columbia Basin College (Pasco, WA)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal

Everest College (Vancouver, WA)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal Studies

Highline Community College (Des Moines, WA)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal
Certificate | Paralegal

ITT Technical Institute (Everett, WA; Seattle, WA; Spokane Valley, WA)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies

Skagit Valley College (Mount Vernon, WA)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal

South Puget Sound Community College (Olympia, WA)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies

Spokane Community College (Spokane, WA)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal
Certificate | Paralegal

Tacoma Community College (Tacoma, WA)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal
Bachelor of Arts | Paralegal
Certificate | Paralegal

Whatcom Community College (Bellingham, WA)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies
Certificate | Paralegal Studies

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