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Paralegal Schools in Hawaii

This guide to paralegal schools in Hawaii contains important information on the options for obtaining a paralegal degree or certificate in the state to help you make a decision on where to attend school. With this information in hand, you can find the school that is the right match for your interests and career aspirations. As an alternative to traditional on-campus programs, online paralegal degree and certificate programs may be a more flexible choice for some students.

Quick Facts

  • There is 1 college or university that offers a paralegal/legal assistant degree program in Hawaii.1
  • 1 school offers a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 1 school offers an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • No schools offer a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • No schools offer a master’s or advanced degree for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • No schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2018.2
  • No schools 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
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Law Schools in 2019.5
  • 1 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree program is in Hawaii.6

Top-Ranked Schools with Paralegal Programs

US News Best Law Schools 2019

  • University of Hawaii-Manoa (#101 tie)

Schools with Paralegal Programs Approved by the ABA

  • Kapi’Olani Community College
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      Kapi’olani Community College

      The Legal Education Department at Kapi’olani Community College offers a comprehensive Associate of Science (AS) in Paralegal Studies that has been approved by the ABA since 1978 and focuses specifically on the legal system within Hawaii. The course material emphasizes legal theory, principles, procedures, and their practical applications along with the production of legal documents. In addition to legal knowledge, the program fosters critical thinking, reading, writing, and technology skills necessary to enter the paralegal workforce. Classes are primarily held in the evenings to accommodate working students. The AS in Paralegal Studies at Kapi’olani Community College is supported by a close relationship with the Hawaii State Bar Association and the Hawaii Paralegal Association and is the only ABA-approved Paralegal program in the state. The college also offers a Certificate of Achievement-Paralegal and a Certificate of Competence-Legal Secretary.

      University of Hawaii at Manoa

      At the University of Hawaii at Manoa, students can earn a graduate certificate in Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS). This graduate certificate is designed for students interested in business or legal affairs in the Pacific-Asian region. Students complete general Asian comparative and international law courses and can choose from specialized classes on Chinese, Japanese, or Pacific law. In addition to courses such as International Criminal Law, International Environmental Law, and International Business Transactions, students can choose specialty courses that match their career interests and professional background. PALS students can also design a directed study research course, take special courses taught by visiting Asian Scholars, and enroll in other Asian-Pacific related courses. With flexible requirements and multiple course offerings, students can additionally choose between a business focus or a legal issue focus. While completing the graduate certificate, students may complete an approved externship in Asia or the Pacific that can qualify for academic credit.

      Online Paralegal Programs

      University of Hawaii-West O’ahu

      The University of Hawaii-West O’ahu offers a hybrid online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Administration with a concentration in Justice Administration. This program can be completed partially online, although certain classes are available only on-campus. The curriculum is designed for students interested in supervisory or management roles in the public sector and emphasizes management and administrative tools. The Justice Administration concentration focuses on principles and skills used in the local, state, and federal judicial systems. Courses offered within the concentration include Criminal Law and Procedures, Criminology, Constitutional Law, and Managing Criminal Justice Agencies. In addition to foundational concepts, the coursework explores common legal and ethical issues in the field and problem-solving and critical thinking methods. Active student clubs organize opportunities to explore the field and network for career opportunities, and students also have the opportunity to participate in internships and practicums at city and state agencies.

      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/