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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies or Associate of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies

The Region's Only ABA-Approved 4-Year Paralegal Program — Great Opportunity for Pre-Law

College of Saint Mary offers the only 4-year paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association in Nebraska and Iowa and is one of only 270 ABA approved associate degree paralegal programs in the U.S. We also offer an ABA-approved post-baccalaureate paralegal certificate program. All your courses are taught by attorneys — the only program in Nebraska and Iowa to offer this advantage to pre-law, paralegal students. 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 serve as a pre-law major and 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.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Our 4-year program graduates have enjoyed acceptance into distinguished regional law schools, often with full-ride scholarships. 100% of our certificate earners are historically employed within six months of graduation.

College of Saint Mary has joined with Creighton University School of Law in a new, accelerated 3+3 law degree partnership.

In the new 3+3 program, students spend the first three years of their undergraduate studies at College of Saint Mary. During their junior year, qualified students take the LSAT and apply for admission to Creighton University School of Law. Once accepted, their fourth year of undergraduate studies becomes their first year of law school at Creighton. All credits earned during that first year of law school are applied to the student’s undergraduate degree at College of Saint Mary. The 3+3 program provides not only an early matriculation, but economic savings as well.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Associate of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies


Career Outlook

As a paralegal, you’ll work under the supervision of an attorney, conduct research, draft legal documents, interview clients and assist at trial. According to the National Association of Legal Assistants Utilization & Compensation Survey, total compensation for paralegals continues to grow with an average of $68,240 in 2020, which is a 1% increase compared to 2018 ($67,578) and an 11% increase over 2016 ($61,671). The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that the demand for paralegal professionals will continue growing faster than average, anticipating up to a 15 percent increase in opportunities by 2030. The median salary for paralegals is $52,920, and Spanish/English bi-lingual paralegals are in particularly high demand right now. 

Source: U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration

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