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Why This Matters

  • 50% OF PARALEGAL JOBS REQUIRE AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE

    Information provided from O*NET shows that half of paralegal jobs require an associate degree. Another 7% only require a certificate.

  • 4% JOB GROWTH FOR PARALEGALS

    The demand for paralegals and legal assistants is expected to rise 4% by 2032, as law firms work to increase efficiency and reduce the costs of their services.

  • EARN $59,200 PER YEAR AS A PARALEGAL

    Trained paralegals and legal assistants earn $59,200 on average. The lowest 10% earn less than $37,690, while the highest 10% earn more than $94,960. Secretaries and assistants earn $44,080 per year.

Our Research

This list features some of the best online associate in paralegal studies degree programs at top colleges nationwide. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality for post-secondary education. Many of the programs on our list have been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), which assesses the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of law-related programs.

We evaluated each school’s program on admission, retention, and graduation rates as well as tuition costs, faculty, reputation, and the resources provided for online students. Then, we calculated the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

Next, we compared this comprehensive list of online associate in paralegal studies degree programs to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications like U.S. News & World Report, among others, to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

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The Top 36 Online Paralegal Associate Programs

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#1
Fort Lauderdale, FL | 4 years | Online + Campus | Private

Keiser University

Intelligent Score: 99.86
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: $19,808

Out-of-state: $19,808

Graduate Tuition

In-state: $27,162

Out-of-state: $27,162

Test scores

SAT: N/A

ACT: N/A

Retention Rate
60%
Admission Rate
97%
On-campus students
52%
Graduation Rate
71%
Students enrolled
20,000
Student to faculty ratio
15:01
Average Salary
$31k
Average Student Debt
$25k

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

$209

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online

ACCREDITATION

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

60

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 727-576-6500

#2
Lynchburg, VA | 4 years | Online + Campus | Private

Liberty University

Intelligent Score: 99.1
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: $14,791

Out-of-state: $14,791

Graduate Tuition

In-state: $7,935

Out-of-state: $7,935

Test scores

SAT: 1040-1250

ACT: 21-29

Retention Rate
81%
Admission Rate
50%
On-campus students
7%
Graduation Rate
54%
Students enrolled
93,000
Student to faculty ratio
17:01
Average Salary
$36k
Average Student Debt
$26k

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

$390

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online

ACCREDITATION

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

60

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 800-424-9595

#3
Hutchinson, KS | 4 years | Online + Campus | Public

Hutchinson Community College

Intelligent Score: 97.78
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: $15,938

Out-of-state: $16,868

Graduate Tuition

In-state: NA

Out-of-state: NA

Test scores

SAT: Not Required

ACT: Not Required

Retention Rate
66%
Admission Rate
100%
On-campus students
74%
Graduation Rate
37%
Students enrolled
3,137
Student to faculty ratio
15-to-1
Average Salary
35,700
Average Student Debt
9,307

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

In-State: $124

Out-of-State: $155

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online

ACCREDITATION

Higher Learning Commission

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

60

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 620-665-3500

#4
Estherville, IA | 4 years | Online + Campus | Public

Iowa Lakes Community College

Intelligent Score: 97.76
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: $16,558

Out-of-state: $17,006

Graduate Tuition

In-state: NA

Out-of-state: NA

Test scores

SAT: 1130-1340

ACT: 22-28

Retention Rate
65%
Admission Rate
86%
On-campus students
96%
Graduation Rate
45%
Students enrolled
920
Student to faculty ratio
8-to-1
Average Salary
34,200
Average Student Debt
6,844

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

$214

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online

ACCREDITATION

Higher Learning Commission

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

70

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 800-242-5106

#5
Raymond, MS | 4 years | Online + Campus | Public

Hinds Community College

Intelligent Score: 95.74
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: $12,150

Out-of-state: $15,200

Graduate Tuition

In-state: NA

Out-of-state: NA

Test scores

SAT: 1010

ACT: 20

Retention Rate
53%
Admission Rate
100%
On-campus students
77%
Graduation Rate
39%
Students enrolled
7,674
Student to faculty ratio
15-to-1
Average Salary
31,198
Average Student Debt
9,371

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

Resident: $84- $118

Non-Resident: $157- $220

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online

ACCREDITATION

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

60-62

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 601-857-3212

#6
Herkimer, NY | 4 years | Online + Campus | Public

Herkimer County Community College

Intelligent Score: 95.19
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: NA

Out-of-state: NA

Graduate Tuition

In-state: NA

Out-of-state: NA

Test scores

SAT: N/A

ACT: N/A

Retention Rate
57%
Admission Rate
N/A
On-campus students
37%
Graduation Rate
37%
Students enrolled
2,000
Student to faculty ratio
19:01
Average Salary
$25k
Average Student Debt
$12k

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

$213

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online

ACCREDITATION

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

63

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 315-574-4028

#7
Duluth, MN | 4 years | Online + Campus | Public

Lake Superior College

Intelligent Score: 93.17
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: $24,186

Out-of-state: $27,694

Graduate Tuition

In-state: $33,618

Out-of-state: $33,618

Test scores

SAT: 975-1180

ACT: 18-23

Retention Rate
57%
Admission Rate
79%
On-campus students
77%
Graduation Rate
35%
Students enrolled
2,719
Student to faculty ratio
16-to-1
Average Salary
39,446
Average Student Debt
28,807

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

$183

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online, On-Campus

ACCREDITATION

Higher Learning Commission

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

60

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 218-733-7600

#8
Tempe, AZ | 4 years | Online + Campus | Public

Rio Salado College

Intelligent Score: 92.76
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: $16,881

Out-of-state: $22,665

Graduate Tuition

In-state: NA

Out-of-state: NA

Test scores

SAT: 720 or more

ACT: 12 or more

Retention Rate
40%
Admission Rate
100%
On-campus students
100%
Graduation Rate
13%
Students enrolled
3,824
Student to faculty ratio
28-to-1
Average Salary
43,400
Average Student Debt
7000

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

Lower Division Courses: County Resident: $97

Out-of-State: $253

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online

ACCREDITATION

Higher Learning Commission

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

65-70

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 480-517-8540

#9
Roseburg, OR | 4 years | Online + Campus | Public

Umpqua Community College

Intelligent Score: 92.76
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: $16,920

Out-of-state: $17,388

Graduate Tuition

In-state: NA

Out-of-state: NA

Test scores

SAT: Not Required

ACT: Not Required

Retention Rate
45%
Admission Rate
100%
On-campus students
63%
Graduation Rate
28%
Students enrolled
1,917
Student to faculty ratio
14-to-1
Average Salary
34,600
Average Student Debt
12,214

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

$115

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online

ACCREDITATION

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

90

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 541-440-4600

#10
Great Falls, MT | 4 years | Online | Private

University of Providence

Intelligent Score: 91.42
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: $26,462

Out-of-state: $26,462

Graduate Tuition

In-state: $31,500

Out-of-state: $31,500

Test scores

SAT: 830-1010

ACT: 16-23

Retention Rate
61%
Admission Rate
99%
On-campus students
N/A
Graduation Rate
38%
Students enrolled
1,000
Student to faculty ratio
8:01
Average Salary
$31k
Average Student Debt
$21k

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

$932

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online

ACCREDITATION

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

60

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 800-856-9544

#11
Goodman, MS | 4 years | Online + Campus | Public

Holmes Community College

Intelligent Score: 91.04
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: NA

Out-of-state: NA

Graduate Tuition

In-state: NA

Out-of-state: NA

Test scores

SAT: N/A

ACT: N/A

Retention Rate
71%
Admission Rate
N/A
On-campus students
30%
Graduation Rate
41%
Students enrolled
5,000
Student to faculty ratio
17:01
Average Salary
$26k
Average Student Debt
$9k

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

$255

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online, On-Campus

ACCREDITATION

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

62

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 662-472-9429

#12
Richmond, KY | 4 years | Online + Campus | Public

Eastern Kentucky University

Intelligent Score: 90.94
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: $9,266

Out-of-state: $19,338

Graduate Tuition

In-state: $9,900

Out-of-state: $9,900

Test scores

SAT: 950-1170

ACT: 19-25

Retention Rate
79%
Admission Rate
98%
On-campus students
41%
Graduation Rate
45%
Students enrolled
14,000
Student to faculty ratio
15:01
Average Salary
$33k
Average Student Debt
$23k

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

$421

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online

ACCREDITATION

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

64

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 859-622-4455

#13
Atlanta, GA | 4 years | Online + Campus | Public

Atlanta Technical College

Intelligent Score: 88.75
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: NA

Out-of-state: NA

Graduate Tuition

In-state: NA

Out-of-state: NA

Test scores

SAT: N/A

ACT: N/A

Retention Rate
50%
Admission Rate
N/A
On-campus students
17%
Graduation Rate
39%
Students enrolled
3,000
Student to faculty ratio
12:01
Average Salary
$23k
Average Student Debt
$15k

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

$183

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online

ACCREDITATION

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

69

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: admissions@atlantatech

Phone: 404-225-4400

#14
Fort Myers, FL | 4 years | Online + Campus | Private

Hodges University

Intelligent Score: 88.74
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: $14,160

Out-of-state: $14,160

Graduate Tuition

In-state: $14,220

Out-of-state: $14,220

Test scores

SAT: N/A

ACT: N/A

Retention Rate
50%
Admission Rate
N/A
On-campus students
8%
Graduation Rate
28%
Students enrolled
700
Student to faculty ratio
12:01
Average Salary
$32k
Average Student Debt
$24k

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

$595

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online

ACCREDITATION

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

60

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 239-938-7744

#15
Winfield, KS | 4 years | Online + Campus | Private

Southwestern College

Intelligent Score: 88.72
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: $33,100

Out-of-state: $33,100

Graduate Tuition

In-state: $11,934

Out-of-state: $11,934

Test scores

SAT: 870-1090

ACT: 17-22

Retention Rate
53%
Admission Rate
56%
On-campus students
45%
Graduation Rate
38%
Students enrolled
1,000
Student to faculty ratio
10:01
Average Salary
$41k
Average Student Debt
$24k

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

$332

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online

ACCREDITATION

Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

60

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 619-421-6700

#16
Tyler, TX | 4 years | Online + Campus | Public

Tyler Junior College

Intelligent Score: 88.28
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: $20,194

Out-of-state: $20,914

Graduate Tuition

In-state: NA

Out-of-state: NA

Test scores

SAT: Not Required

ACT: Not Required

Retention Rate
65%
Admission Rate
100%
On-campus students
84%
Graduation Rate
21%
Students enrolled
9,288
Student to faculty ratio
19-to-1
Average Salary
32,500
Average Student Debt
11,995

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

In-District: $259 Out-of-District: $416

DELIVERY FORMAT

Hybrid

ACCREDITATION

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

60

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 903-510-2523

#17
Madisonville, KY | 4 years | Online + Campus | Public

Madisonville Community College

Intelligent Score: 86.7
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: $17,008

Out-of-state: $27,928

Graduate Tuition

In-state: NA

Out-of-state: NA

Test scores

SAT: N/A

ACT: 16-22

Retention Rate
68%
Admission Rate
100%
On-campus students
65%
Graduation Rate
48%
Students enrolled
1,817
Student to faculty ratio
14-to-1
Average Salary
31,200
Average Student Debt
9,808.00

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

$182

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online

ACCREDITATION

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

64-67

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: systemoffice.kctcs.edu

Phone: 877-528-2748

#18
Steubenville, OH | 4 years | Online + Campus | Public

Eastern Gateway Community College

Intelligent Score: 84.86
Undergraduate Tuition

In-state: NA

Out-of-state: NA

Graduate Tuition

In-state: NA

Out-of-state: NA

Test scores

SAT: N/A

ACT: N/A

Retention Rate
61%
Admission Rate
N/A
On-campus students
3%
Graduation Rate
20%
Students enrolled
40,000
Student to faculty ratio
47:01:00
Average Salary
$24k
Average Student Debt
$10k

ESTIMATED COST PER CREDIT

$131

DELIVERY FORMAT

Online, On-Campus

ACCREDITATION

Higher Learning Commission

REQUIRED CREDITS TO GRADUATE

63

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 740-266-2944

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What You Should Know About This Degree

Paralegals are essential to the legal industry. They need to be detail-oriented, have strong writing and communication skills, and be able to research and analyze legal documents.

It’s important to note the different legal paths to consider when exploring an education program and potential careers. A legal secretary or legal assistant has a similar focus, but the job tasks and course requirements are different. Secretaries and assistants typically perform routine clerical and administrative duties and, on average, earn less than a paralegal.

After you complete your paralegal studies and earn your associate degree, you can apply for the Certified Paralegal (CP) credential from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). Many people who want to work in the legal field will earn their associate degree in paralegal studies and use that as preparation for a career as a lawyer, mediator, or other legal specialist.

What’s Next?

Here are some questions to ask when researching online paralegal associate programs:

  • Am I eligible for this program? Many paralegal and legal assistant programs accept students from a variety of backgrounds. Common requirements include a high school diploma or equivalency.
  • How long does it take to complete this online degree? Most students can earn the required 60 credit hours for their online associate degree in paralegal studies in two to three years. Once they earn their associate degree, they can apply for the optional Certified Paralegal credential, which shows potential hiring managers that they have the necessary skills and training to work as a paralegal or legal assistant.

Once you select an online paralegal studies program, you will need to keep track of your application and deadlines. You’ll also need to consider how to finance your associate degree in paralegal studies and find out if you qualify for any scholarships or employer-based tuition reimbursement plans.