The Region's Only ABA Approved 4-Year Paralegal Program
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies or Associate of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies
College of Saint Mary offers the only 4-year paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association in Nebraska and Iowa. We also offer ABA-approved associate and post-baccalaureate legal studies programs. This distinction represents the rich and relevant learning you will gain through our programs that prepare you to work as a professional paralegal or, if you participate in the 4-year or post baccalaureate program, to gain a competitive advantage when applying for entry to law school.
Graduates of our programs have enjoyed job offers from top law firms and corporations across the country — often prior to graduation. Working under the supervision of an attorney, the job titles include contract analyst, quality assurance officer, software compliance manager and legal brief reviewer.
Our 4-year program graduates have enjoyed acceptance into distinguished regional law schools, often with full-ride scholarships, and 100 percent of our certificate earners are historically employed within six months of graduation.
As a paralegal, you’ll work under the supervision of an attorney, conduct research, draft legal documents, interview clients and assist at trial. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that the demand for paralegal professionals will continue growing faster than average, anticipating up to a 22 percent increase in opportunities by 2022. The median salary for paralegals is $46,990, and Spanish/English bi-lingual paralegals are in particularly high demand right now. According to the National Association of Legal Assistants 2013 Compensation Survey (which includes bonuses), the average annual compensation for paralegals is $57,388.