Do I have to have a degree?

Students with and without a college degree may enroll for:

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 work experience that may substitute for degree requirements with program approval.

Associates 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.

I work during the day. Are there courses available at night?

Yes, the program can be completed by attending only night classes. The Paralegal Program offers both day, night, and occasionally weekend courses to accommodate both full- and part-time students.

How much does the program cost?

Cost is dependent upon the number of credit hours (classes) taken each semester, but a total of 36 credits are required for the Certificate program completion and 60 credits are required for the Degree program. Tuition costs can be found on our Tuition and Fees page.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

The length of time to complete the program depends on how many classes a student takes each semester. The program never recommends more than 3 classes per semester, which would have most students complete the program within 15-18 months.

Is there an internship program available?

Yes, every student must complete a required internship in a legal setting and work under the supervision of a licensed attorney in a variety of paralegal tasks and responsibilities.

Is Financial Aid available?

Yes, ACC offers a full spectrum of financial assistance, employment, and scholarship opportunities to assist you with the cost of your college education. We suggest that you apply for financial aid before deciding to attend classes at ACC.

Is there child care available on campus?

Yes, ACC has a Child Development Center that is staffed by professionals and the ACC Early Childhood Education students. It operates in conjunctions with ACC and student services and is designed to meet the developmental and educational needs of children between 18 months(toilet trained) and eight years.

Is there job placement available?

Job search, resume preparation, and interviewing assistance is available through the ACC Career and Transfer Center.