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Paralegal Schools in Georgia

The following guide to paralegal schools in Georgia contains key information about the paralegal schools and degree and certificate programs offered in the state to support your career as a paralegal or legal assistant. The information on this page can help you choose the right program for your personal interests and career goals. As an alternative to an on-campus paralegal program, you may also wish to consider an online paralegal program such as the online paralegal certificate program from the University of Georgia.

Quick Facts

  • There are 23 colleges and universities that offer paralegal/legal assistant degree programs in Georgia.1
  • 11 schools offer a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 16 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 7 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 4 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 4 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2018.2
  • 1 school ranked in Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs in 2018.3
  • No schools ranked in College Factual’s Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Legal Professions in 2018.4
  • 4 schools ranked in US News Best Law Schools in 2019.5
  • 5 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree programs are in Georgia.6

Top-Ranked Schools with Paralegal Programs

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2018*

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (#17 in-state, #20 out-of-state)
  • Georgia State University (#90 in-state, #89 out-of-state)
  • University of Georgia (#12 in-state, #11 out-of-state)
  • University of North Georgia (#94 in-state, #95 out-of-state)

*Institution-wide ranking.

Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs 2018

  • Valdosta State University (#10)

US News Best Law Schools 2019

  • Emory University (#22 tie)
  • University of Georgia (#32 tie)
  • Georgia State University (#65 tie)
  • Mercer University (#128 tie)

Schools with Paralegal Programs Approved by the ABA

  • Athens Technical College
  • Atlanta Technical College
  • Clayton State University
  • Georgia Piedmont Technical College
  • University of North Georgia
    • Paralegal Degree Programs in Georgia

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      Central Georgia Technical College

      The Associate of Applied Technology in Paralegal Studies at Central Georgia Technical College emphasizes the academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills necessary for prospective paralegal professionals. The course content is broad-based and comprehensive in nature including ethical obligations, legal research skills, family law, and fundamentals in property law, criminal law, civil litigation, tort, and contract law. This program constitutes 69 credit hours, the only prerequisites being a high school diploma or GED and a minimum age of 16. Offered every semester at the Macon campus, this program is an excellent program for those seeking a rapid and technical introduction to the paralegal field.

      Clayton State University

      Clayton State University offers a certificate and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies, both of which are ABA-approved and emphasize the expanding role of technology in law and paralegal practice. Practical paralegal skills, such as document analysis, legal research, and writing, are integrated with substantive law courses throughout both curriculums. Students are trained to perform manual and computerized legal research, fulfill ethical obligations within the field, prepare legal documents, and use technology and legal software effectively. The AAS program includes more broad-based general education courses that are omitted in the shorter, post-baccalaureate certificate program. Both programs are excellent preparation for those seeking a career as a paralegal or legal assistant.

      Emory University

      The Paralegal Certificate Program at Emory University is part of the Emory Continuing Education (ECE) program. Admitted students are college graduates with a bachelor’s degree seeking to acquire the in-depth legal knowledge required to enter the legal profession. The post-baccalaureate certificate program consists of over 100 classroom hours taught by licensed attorneys. Courses in the certificate curriculum include Civil Litigation, Legal Research and Writing, and Contract Law. Student support offerings include career development assistance, networking with local employers, flexible scheduling options (weekday, evening, and Saturday classes offered), and flexible tuition payment options. Core courses include Civil Litigation, Legal Research and Writing, and Contract Law. Electives include Bankruptcy Law, Family Law, and Wills, Trusts, & Estates.

      Online Paralegal Programs

      Georgia Military College

      Students can earn an Associate of Arts (AA) or an Associate of Science (AS) in Paralegal Studies at Georgia Military College. Both associate’s degrees can be completed entirely online or through a flexible schedule at one of the multiple on-campus locations. In addition to a core general education curriculum, students of both programs must fulfill a total of 25 credit hours in the paralegal concentration. The curriculum includes foundational courses that teach both legal theory and practical legal skills. Students learn how to research and write about the law as well as general critical thinking, communication, and organization skills. The associate’s degree programs also emphasize the technology and computer skills needed in the field. An associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies provides graduates with the background needed for entry-level positions in public or private offices, or the degree can be used as a foundation for further education in law.

      Atlanta Technical College

      Atlanta Technical College offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies degree. This program can be completed partially online, with on-campus day and evening course options for working students. The AAS degree is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the program is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAFPE). Students study a wide range of subjects including civil litigation, criminal law and procedure, family law, real estate law, and contract law. Coursework emphasizes foundational legal theory as well as the real-life skills needed to conduct research and prepare documents for legal departments. All students are required to complete an internship as part of the curriculum, which provides hands-on experience and connections in the field of law. Many graduates go on to continue studying law in a bachelor’s degree program or find work in positions in government, private industry, nonprofits, or law firms.

      Student Reviews

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      Athens Technical College
      800 US-29
      Athens, GA 30601
      (706) 355-5000
      https://www.athenstech.edu/

      Student Review: “The paralegal program at Athens Technical College is a great program. The teachers are all lawyers, judges, or were in the past so they have real-life knowledge in the field. There is an awesome student paralegal association that helps build community support. They have a good size law library and access to online legal aids as well to help students with projects. You are taught how to do legal research online and in print books. The projects are demanding but very effective and relate very well to the real world. You will write depositions, briefs, and other legal papers that you would actually do in real life. You will take a case from the very start to the very finish and do all of the paperwork and be able to have a great portfolio to show future employers. In your family law class, you will take on a complicated divorce and learn how to do all the divorce paperwork and child support payment worksheets. In real estate law, you will learn how to research plots. In corporate law, you will learn how to do all the paperwork on starting a business and turning an LLC into a corporation. Every major field of legal is covered, and you get great experience in all fields. You end with an internship in an actual law office, which can either turn into a job or can give you a great letter of recommendation while looking for a job.” -Student at Athens Technical College
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      Atlanta Technical College
      1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW
      Atlanta, GA 30310
      (404) 225-4461
      https://www.atlantatech.edu/

      Student Review: “When I started the Paralegal Studies program, I was not too thrilled about working for a law firm. However, my father was a lawyer and convinced me that I would be a successful paralegal. The teachers at the Atlanta Technical College were highly educated and passionate about the courses they taught. If there were a few ways that I could improve the course, I would like there to be more hands-on activities, more one-on-one tutoring, and more group assignments. In addition, I would also have liked there to be more guest speakers and real-life paralegals to come speak to the class about their experiences in the working world.” -Student at Atlanta Technical College
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      References:
      1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
      2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values in Public Colleges: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php
      3. Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs: https://www.paralegal411.org/degrees/bachelors/online/
      4. College Factual’s Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Legal Professions in 2018: https://www.collegefactual.com/majors/legal-studies-and-professions/rankings/top-ranked/
      5. US News Best Law Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings
      6. American Bar Association Approved Paralegal Programs: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/paralegals/