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Earn Your Paralegal Degree or Certificate

As a Paralegal Associate's degree or Certificate student at Rasmussen College, you gain the career-relevant skills you need to provide services in all phases of the legal system, including courts, law firms and government agencies, under the supervision of an attorney. Our program helps you develop the strong writing and critical-thinking skills necessary to excel in a career in today's fast-paced legal environment.

If you choose our Flex Choice option that allows you to combine faculty-led and self-paced courses, you can save time and money while pursuing a degree on a schedule that fits your lifestyle. In addition, if you have already earned an Associate's or Bachelor's degree, our Paralegal Certificate curriculum is designed to give you the core legal knowledge and skills you need to start your paralegal career in as little as one year.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Certificate 12 Months
Associate's Degree 18 Months

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Gain In-Field Paralegal Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical, hands-on opportunities in your courses, you can prepare for a successful criminal justice career across a wide range of paralegal opportunities. Our program is designed to help you gain relevant skills employers seek, including:

  • Legal Analysis and Insight

    Develop your ability to draft legal documents, index case files, synthesize data, properly cite legal authorities and identify relevant information sources for legal problems.

  • Navigate Legal Research Tools

    Learn how to navigate extensive legal research tools such as LexisNexis® and how such databases are used in the legal research process.

  • CLA/CP Exam Preparation

    Prepare to take the National Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal Examination (CLA/CP exam) at no additional cost to you.*

  • Internship Experience

    Become Westlaw Certified with 130 valuable internship hours and hands-on experience at a law firm or corporate legal department.

Curriculum Aligned with Nationally Recognized Organizations

Our curriculum is based on recommendations from such nationally recognized organizations as the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). Throughout your coursework, you learn how to navigate LexisNexis® with ease so your legal research skills are at the highest level. You also explore common legal areas such as family law and learn how to apply our country's laws to specific disputes.

Our Grads Achieve Career Success

Graduates from our School of Justice Studies programs are working for leading employers, including:*

  • Brown County District Attorney's Office
  • Lincoln County District Attorney
  • Birkholz Law-St James
  • Brumund, Jacobs, Hammel, Davidson & Andreano
  • Hahn Loeser & Parks
  • Pringle & Herigstad Law Firm
  • Jones and Magnus Law Firm

Success Rate

90% of responding December 2012 to June 2013 graduates are working in their field of study or continuing their education.*

*Employer information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the organizations shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities at these organizations will be available.

Average Starting Salary

for our Paralegal Graduates:

  • Associate's Degree $30,847

Program Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen College School of Justice Studies vary depending on the program. We do not require applicants to submit standardized test scores; however, every applicant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.

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How Much Could You Earn as a Justice Studies Professional?

In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.* Here is the average salary by percentile and projected job growth for justice studies professionals:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2022)
Legal Support Workers, All Other$30,510$40,320$52,5603%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants$29,740$37,090$47,57017%

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years, bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm, census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh/

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How Much Will it Cost?

At Rasmussen College, we’re committed to helping make higher education more affordable for you. That’s why we offer straightforward tuition costs locked in place until you graduate, so you know your tuition will not increase through graduation if you are continuously enrolled.*

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Affordable Options to Help You Save Money

Through our comprehensive SUPPORT+ student services, our student financial services advisors help you receive affordable tuition as you earn your degree. Browse our options to see how you can save:

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