Wyoming Paralegal Schools
Wyoming paralegal schools serve a very small state population, but are open to anyone interested in pursuing a paralegal career. Despite this small population, there are many opportunities for prospective paralegals as its legal administration industry expands.
Profiles of Well Known Schools
Casper College: Casper College’s Paralegal Program has three American Bar Association approved courses of study: an Associate of Arts, an Associate of Applied Science, and a post-baccalaureate Certificate. Both the AA and the AAS are 64 hour programs while the Certificate is 33 hours with one Criminal Justice course. All students must enroll in and complete Introduction to Criminal Justice, Paralegalism (I and II), Legal Analysis, Legal Research and Writing (I and II), Civil Procedure, Family Law, and Litigation Support. The C.P. Exam (Certified Paralegal Exam) is offered at Casper College three times a year.
Laramie County Community College: The Division of Education, Natural and Social Sciences at Laramie County Community College has an American Bar Association approved Paralegal Associate of Applied Science and a Paralegal Certificate. The AAS is a 64 credit hour course of study while the certificate is a three-semester program. Mandatory courses for both degree/certificate plans include Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Legal Research and Writing I, and Civil Procedure and Litigation. Associate of Applied Science students must complete an internship within a law firm or legal organization.
How to Become a Paralegal in Wyoming
Most professionals begin their careers by seeking out educational opportunities that suit their lifestyles and budgets. The paralegal field is unique in that there is a fair amount of flexibility in the amount of experience needed to be employed as a paralegal, and it is most often determined by the employer.
This has resulted in a wide range of educational choices for paralegals, from certification that may only take a matter of months, to advanced paralegal degrees that take many years. Choosing which is right for a career in Wyoming is a matter of knowing what the employer demands.
Some employers may have unique requirements that are tailored to their specific practice, whereas other employers may ask that a prospective employee be trained through a program approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).
Paralegal Schools in Wyoming
The ABA regulates the practice of attorneys in the United States, and also evaluates paralegal programs throughout the country. A program that is approved by the ABA meets certain standards set by it, but it is not a certification in itself. Some employers prefer their employees be trained by ABA-approved schools, but it is not a requirement or bar to employment.
Students interested in ABA-approved programs in Wyoming may find them at Casper College in Casper and Laramie County Community College in Laramie.
Students who are studying outside Wyoming, who are not located near one of these areas or prefer the flexibility of online study may choose an online paralegal degree program that are offered at schools like Rasmussen College or University of Phoenix.
Top Law Firms for Paralegal Graduates in Wyoming
Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP believes that paralegals and attorneys can find competitive and rewarding careers even if they choose not to live on the US coasts. RJ&L is one of the ten largest firms in the Rocky Mountain region, and in addition to offices in Colorado it operates an office in Casper. Its staff includes many long term employees, but the company does recruit for new paralegals to join the firm. Schwartz, Bon, Walker & Studer LLC is one of the largest firms in Wyoming, specializing in civil trial work while occasionally representing criminal defendants. Clients of the firm include individuals, large corporations, and international businesses. Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C. is one of the best recognized law firms in Wyoming, working on legal, regulatory, and business matters for its clients, particularly in energy, natural resources, and land development. The firm maintains an office in Casper, and welcomes inquiries from paralegal graduates.
Wyoming Paralegal Salary and Job Outlook
Wyoming has four major markets experiencing paralegal growth, as well as a wide rural area that requires unique services provided by well-trained paralegals.
The average salary for a paralegal in Wyoming ranges from about $39,000 in Cody to $49,000 in Cheyenne.
Online and Wyoming Paralegal Schools
- CERT: Paralegal Studies
Grand Canyon University
- M.S. in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
Criminal Justice Schools in Wyoming
No Paralegal Schools are in our database for Wyoming. Please contact us if you have an addition.
Page Edited by Charles Sipe.