Top 10 Online Paralegal Degree Programs of 2016

If you’re thinking about a career as a paralegal, getting an online paralegal degree may be right for you. You can pursue an Associate’s, Bachelor’s or even a Master’s degree online and study at your convenience from any location. The coursework will be just as challenging as what you would encounter in a classroom, and you get the benefit of being able to study at times that fits your schedule, meaning you have the opportunity to continue working full time and maintain other responsibilities.

Our Ranking of Online Paralegal Degree Programs for 2016

Our goal in selecting these paralegal degree programs is to represent a range of the top educational opportunities for individuals in this field. We only selected programs offered by accredited institutions, and we gave preference to programs offering students a variety of coursework options. Our hope is that you use this ranking as a starting point for your own research in finding the programs that will work best for your needs.

#1 Rasmussen College

Executive Summary

Rasmussen College has been offering degree programs for over 110 years. The school is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. College Prowler gives Rasmussen top rating in many key categories, particularly the areas of academic flexibility, online course options, and online professor communication.

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Tuition

Tuition is $299.00-$395.00 per course, depending on the course level, placing it among the cheapest online paralegal degree programs available anywhere.

Unique Features

The coursework in the Associate’s degree program prepares students to take the National Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal Examination (CLA/CP Exam) after graduation. Courses include Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts, Criminal Law and Procedures: Crime and the Courtroom, Paralegal Ethics, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law, and more.

#2 Hodges University

Executive Summary

Hodges University was founded in 1990 and is a well-respected school in Florida. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission.

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Tuition

Tuition is $490.00 per credit hour.

Unique Features

All credits from the Associate in Paralegal Studies degree program may be transferred toward the Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies. Courses in the paralegal degree program include Civil Procedure, Torts, Contracts, Property, Legal Research and Writing, Family Law, Bankruptcy, Environmental Law, and more.

#3 Liberty University

Executive Summary

Liberty University is a private Christian university. It has been training “champions for Christ” since 1971 and is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools. Liberty was ranked 65th on U.S. News & World Report in the 2013 Best Colleges of Regional Universities in the South. Approximately 80,000 students are enrolled in their online degree programs.

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Tuition

Tuition is $340.00 per credit hour, placing Liberty’s among the most affordable online paralegal degree programs in this ranking.

Unique Features

The Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies online program will help students develop the skills required to perform title searches, analyze issues from a moral and Biblical perspective, and write depositions. Liberty lists potential career fields for graduates as including paralegal, legal assistant, claims adjuster, law clerk, occupational health and safety specialist, and title examiner or researcher.

#4 Kaplan University

Executive Summary

Kaplan University has been offering education programs since 1937. New students can enroll in a program and try it for three weeks before they are required to pay any tuition. Kaplan enrolls over 66,000 students in online and campus-based programs.

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Tuition

Tuition is $371.00 per credit hour.

Unique Features

Students complete an internship as one of the requirements for graduation. Graduates are eligible to write the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam. The online associate’s paralegal degree can be completed in as little as 12 months.

Courses

Courses include civil litigation, introduction to legal research, introduction to legal analysis and writing, legal ethics, and more.

#5 The George Washington University

Executive Summary

GW was founded in 1821 and is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. It is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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Tuition

Graduate students pay $1,020.00 per credit hour.

Unique Features

The Master of Professional Studies – Paralegal Studies degree focuses on giving students the skills they need to conduct legal research. The curriculum includes courses in legal ethics, intellectual property law, international law, and government law.

#6 Tiffin University

Executive Summary

Tiffin University was founded in 1888 and has a reputation for offering practical education programs to students. This private school is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition

Tuition is $690.00 per credit hour.

Unique Features

The online Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies program includes courses in legal research estate planning, litigation, and criminal law. Students also complete an internship as one of the requirements to graduate.

#7 Brown Mackie College

Executive Summary

Brown Mackie College has been offering education programs for 120 years. It is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

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Tuition

Students pay $366.00 per credit hour.

Unique Features

Students at Brown Mackie College take one course a month. They can get their education in a manageable fashion.

#8 Harrison College

Executive Summary

Harrison College (formerly Indiana Business College) is a career-focused institution that has been offering degree programs since 1902. It is accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools and enrolls more than 6,000 students. It boasts more than 75,000 graduates. It is a candidate with The Higher Learning Commission and an affiliate of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition

Full-time students pay $390.00 per credit hour and part-time students pay $465.00 per credit hour.

Unique Features

The online Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal prepares students for entry-level positions as a paralegal or a legal assistant. Students complete an internship as one of the requirements to graduate.

#9 Virginia College

Executive Summary

Virginia College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

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Tuition

The Associate’s degree costs $36,960.00 and the Bachelor’s degree costs $72,380.00.

Unique Features

Virginia College offers an Associate and a Bachelor’s degree program in Paralegal Studies. The cost of textbooks is included in the tuition.

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While we do our best to provide up-to-date information about an institution’s accreditation status, we urge you to verify this information for yourself. Accredited institutions hold themselves to a higher standard of performance than non-accredited institutions. This concludes our ranking of top online paralegal degree programs.

 

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