Paralegal Schools in Kansas
This guide to paralegal schools in Kansas is designed to provide the information you need to decide where to pursue a paralegal degree or certificate in the state. A broad range of paralegal programs is available in Kansas, from general paralegal programs to programs that prepare students for specialty practice in areas like corporate law or employment law. You may also find an online paralegal degree program to be a good match since these types of programs can offer more flexibility to working students.
- There are 11 colleges and universities that offer paralegal/legal assistant degree programs in Kansas.1
- 5 schools offer a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
- 8 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
- 1 school offers a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
- 2 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
- 2 schools ranked in US News Best Law Schools in 2019.5
- 1 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree program is in Kansas.6
Top-Ranked Schools with Paralegal Programs
US News Best Law Schools 2019
- University of Kansas (#74 tie)
- Washburn University (#119 tie)
Schools with Paralegal Programs Approved by the ABA
- Johnson County Community College
Paralegal Degree Programs in Kansas
Fort Hays State University
Fort Hays State University (FHSU) offers a Paralegal Certificate that requires 15 credit hours to complete. The certificate can be pursued as a stand-alone program or as part of another degree program at FHSU. The courses in the certificate program include Introduction to the Law, Legal Research Methods, and Business Law. The certificate is housed within the Department of Political Science, which emphasizes hands-on learning and real-world experience that prepares students for careers and further study. Related programs in the department include a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Liberal Studies. Students at FHSU benefit from the resources of a larger school while remaining in a small community setting.
If you are a student who will be graduating soon with a legal degree or you are a paralegal looking for a new job, I think that one of the best things that you can do is to get involved in a local legal professional association where you can network with paralegals. Often, people within legal associations know about job openings before they are made public.” –Treva Hansen, President of the Kansas Association of Legal Assistants and Paralegal at Hinkle Law Firm LLC.
Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal program for students interested in the paralegal and legal assistant field. The 64-credit curriculum covers foundational paralegal skills such as legal research and writing, interviewing, and legal ethics. Students also learn about different subspecialties of law such as family law, litigation, criminal law, personal injury, and business law. Graduates from this associate’s degree program are eligible to sit for professional certification examinations and find positions in private law firms, businesses, and the government. Hutchinson Community College also offers a 36-credit hour Paralegal Certificate program that is designed for those who already have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree but are looking to transition into the paralegal field. This Paralegal Certificate is available to complete online or on campus in a traditional format.
Kansas City Kansas Community College
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies from Kansas City Community College prepares students for entry-level legal professions in private firms, corporate offices, and government agencies. The general education requirements allow students to be broadly prepared to enter professional business environments and legal specialty courses give students the tools to perform detail-oriented paralegal tasks across a variety of legal fields. The curriculum has a strong focus on professional and technical skills with several required business software, keyboarding, research, and writing courses. The capstone of the program is a two-semester Legal Internship course in which students are guided through an internship in a legal environment where they are allowed to hone their classroom skills and gain valuable work experience. This program is a comprehensive introduction to skills necessary for paralegal and legal assistant positions in a variety of professional offices.
Online Paralegal Programs
Johnson County Community College
Johnson County Community College (JCCC) at Overland Park offers the only paralegal degree program in Kansas that has been formally approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). JCCC’s Legal Studies program includes both a Paralegal Certificate track and an Associate of Arts (AA) in Paralegal Studies track. The hybrid-online paralegal programs are designed for working professional students, with most courses offered online or, if required to be taken on-campus, offered in the evening. Both programs emphasize strong legal research techniques and formal writing skills. In addition to standard general education and law-specific coursework, graduates are expected to complete a cultural diversity requirement. The programs culminate in a two-semester paralegal internship requirement that emphasizes professional skills, real-world experience, and networking. These two paralegal studies programs are well established and respected within the state and provide graduates with a solid foundation of legal knowledge and professional experience.
Johnson County Community College
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210
Student Review: “My time at JCCC in the paralegal program was exactly what I was looking for. The paralegal program offered a wide variety of courses at times that fit into my schedule. Professors always made themselves available if needed and usually had pretty long office hours to meet in person. The program faculty all had extensive legal experience and aided students in getting internships regularly. The program’s reputation allowed me to attain an internship which transitioned to a full-time position as soon as I completed the program.” -Student at Johnson County Community College
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/