Paralegal Schools in Arkansas
This guide to paralegal schools in Arkansas provides key information on the schools and programs available in the state for those interested in pursuing an education in the paralegal/legal assistant field. Numerous paralegal programs are available in Arkansas that may fit your skills and career interests. As an alternative to an on-campus program, you may wish to consider an online paralegal degree, which may provide greater flexibility for students with work and other commitments.
Paralegal Program Stats
- There are 6 colleges and universities that offer a paralegal/legal assistant degree program in Arkansas.
- 1 school offers a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.
- 5 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.
- 0 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.
- There are 2 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree programs in Arkansas.
- Highest graduation rate: National Park Community College 32%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate: NorthWest Arkansas Community College 23%.1
- Highest net price per year: Pulaski Technical College $8,724.1
- Lowest net price per year: University of Arkansas-Fort Smith $6,624.1
- Highest student population: Pulaski Technical College 11,946.1
- Lowest student population: Southeast Arkansas College 1,548.1
- Annual tuition range for paralegal programs at community colleges and career schools in Arkansas: $2,698-$18,0482
- 1 school in US News Best Law Schools Rankings of 2013 (top 100): University of Arkansas-Fayetteville #68
For further information on paralegal schools in Arkansas as well as information about possible career tracks for paralegals, continue reading this page.
Paralegal Degree Programs in Arkansas
The Northwest Arkansas Community College Paralegal Studies program has been approved by the American Bar Association since 2008 and has continued to offer a high-quality program that balances broad-based instruction in the legal field with comprehensive technical knowledge. The AAS in Paralegal Studies program has an emphasis on career building and works with students to develop critical thinking skills, as well as interview, and resume writing techniques in addition to the legal coursework. Nearby employers include corporate headquarters of Wal-Mart, Tyson and J.B. Hunt Trucking, as well as nearby private law firms. Additionally, the college has an established agreement with the UA law school to facilitate paralegal research. Overall, the NWACC program provides thorough paralegal training, offers students ample opportunity to pursue internship and job shadowing experience, and prepares students for entry into the competitive and diverse job market.
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
The AAS degree in Paralegal Studies/ Legal Assistance at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith was the first paralegal program in the state of Arkansas to obtain approval from the American Bar Association. This established program teaches both civil and criminal legal theories, as well as practical skills needed to fulfill the expanding role of paralegals in the legal environment. Students have the opportunity to integrate their coursework with real-world experience through an optional internship program that connects students with positions in the Prosecutor’s Office, US Attorney’s office, and local law firms. As part of the University of Arkansas system, students in this program receive a full range of student services and may pursue separate degrees concurrently.
American Bar Association Approved Paralegal Programs in Arkansas (Not-for-Profit)
- NorthWest Arkansas Community College (Bentonville)
- University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (Fort Smith)
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges/