What do Paralegals Do?

Paralegals (Legal Assistants) play an important role in assisting attorneys to provide affordable legal services.

While Paralegals (Legal Assistants) may not practice law, they work under the supervision of an attorney by providing customer service to clients, support legal proceedings, organizing and maintaining files and documents, and communicating with clients, courts, and other professionals.

What Does ACC's Paralegal Program Offer?

Whether you are a first-time college student or are returning to college to establish a new career or just update your skills, one of our curriculum options below will fit your needs.

Our program will instruct you in the practical skills and technology utilized by today’s legal community in order to pursue a career as a Paralegal or Legal Assistant and effectively assist attorneys in delivering quality legal services.

Certificate program (36 credits) – designed for the person with an Associates of Arts degree, Associates of Science, Associates of General Studies, or a Baccalaureate degree or higher, or at least five years of documented paralegal-related work experience that may substitute for degree requirements with program approval

Associate of Applied Science degree (60 credits) – designed for individuals who are seeking a degree in Paralegal studies. The 60 credit requirement includes 24 credits of general education courses.

Both options above require verification of successfully completed general education courses before you will be approved by the Paralegal Department Chair for enrollment in paralegal classes.

ABA approval

The Paralegal Program at Arapahoe Community College has been approved by the American Bar Association since 1977. This approval ensures that the program complies with the high academic standards of the ABA for a legal career training program.  If you have any questions about the approval process, the American Bar Association may be reached at or at 321 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610.


Member, American Association for Paralegal Educators (AAfPE)
Member, National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
Member, National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
Member, Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association (RMPA)