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.

Paralegal Program Stats

  • There are 2 colleges and universities that offer a paralegal/legal assistant degree program in Hawaii.
  • No schools offer a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.
  • 2 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.
  • No schools offer a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.
  • 1 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree program in Hawaii.

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate: Heald College-Honolulu 54%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Kapiolani Community College 26%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Heald College-Honolulu $19,196.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Kapiolani Community College $3,752.1
  • Highest student population: Kapiolani Community College 9,023.1
  • Lowest student population: Heald College-Honolulu 1,951.1
  • Annual tuition range for paralegal programs at community colleges and career schools in Hawaii: $7,020-$13,095.2
  • 1 school in US News Best Law Schools Rankings of 2013 (top 100): University of Hawaii-Manoa #80

Read on to find profiles of popular programs and schools for paralegal and legal assistant studies in Hawaii as well as career projections in these fields.

Paralegal Degree Programs in Hawaii

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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, practical applications and 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. Though computer courses are offered at the Kapi’olani Community College campus, most courses are held at the Richardson School of Law at the UH Manoa campus. 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.

Heald College – Honolulu
The Paralegal program at Heald College in Honolulu includes an overview of legal research skills, writing, and technology that enables students competently enter the legal assistant or paralegal profession upon completion. Both legal theory and practical knowledge are imparted through a variety of courses aimed to prepare students to assist lawyers in law firms, corporations, banks, non-profit organizations or government bodies. The AAS in Paralegal Studies also emphasizes general professional skills such as communication, verbal and written presentation, organization, and problem-solving. Though this program is not approved by the American Bar Association, it is a good introduction into the paralegal field.

American Bar Association Approved Paralegal Programs in Hawaii (Not-for-Profit)

  • Kapi’olani Community College (Honolulu)

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/