Paralegal Schools

Training for a Paralegal Career

Choosing a paralegal program is an important step to a successful career and can directly impact the amount of time it takes to obtain entry-level employment. Georgia Association of Paralegals (GAP) is often asked for recommendations and assistance in making this crucial decision.

GAP does not evaluate paralegal programs and provides no accreditation or other “stamp of approval” for paralegal programs. However, in an effort to provide assistance to those who wish to pursue paralegal studies, we have researched and developed a list of schools which offer paralegal training (see below). The list includes contact information, type of program(s) offered, and what is known about each school’s accreditation.

We will attempt to keep this list updated and ask that you inform us if you see any errors that need to be corrected. We do not claim to include EVERY program, and if a program is not listed it simply means we are not aware of its existence or were not able to obtain enough information to be helpful.

GAP has posted its Position Statements on this website, which address the minimum standards that GAP supports for entry-level paralegals and a statement regarding short-term paralegal programs.

We also recommend the following websites as resources for answering common questions that arise when you are considering the pursuit of paralegal training:

  • American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Paralegals
    http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/paralegals/home.html and
    http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/paralegals/lawyers.html
    The Standing Committee on Paralegals develops and promotes policies relating to the education, employment, training and effective use of paralegals. In addition to overseeing its ABA-approved programs (directory provided on the website), the Standing Committee also monitors trends in the field. The Standing Committee maintains an information service for those persons interested in becoming paralegals. In an average year, the staff office processes and responds to more than 6,000 requests for information and/or requests for assistance. 

 

  • National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
    http://www.paralegals.org/
    Founded in 1974, NFPA was the first national paralegal association. Created as a non-profit federation, NFPA is an issues-driven, policy-oriented professional association directed by its membership. It is comprised of more than 50 member associations and represents over 11,000 individual members reflecting a broad range of experience, education and diversity. It was also the first national association to have a website (www.paralegals.org). NFPA’s Mission Statement and Core Purpose delineate its dedication to the advancement of the paralegal profession and leadership in the legal community. The website includes information on finding a paralegal program, educational standards, information on the paralegal profession, career resources, CLE, and articles on issues affecting the paralegal profession. 

 

  • American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE)
    http://www.aafpe.org/
    AAfPE’s primary purposes are rooted in the continuing development of higher quality education for paralegal students as well as to be the main source of authority in paralegal academics. The website includes information on finding a quality program, choosing a program, educational standards and evaluating programs. 


List of institutions that offer paralegal training.
A good article to read on choosing a paralegal school.