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Paralegal Schools in Maryland

There are numerous paralegal schools in Maryland that can provide future paralegals and legal assistants with a quality education. These schools offer programs at the certificate, associate’s, and bachelor’s degree levels and may offer opportunities for students to earn endorsements in specialty practice areas. This guide to paralegal schools in Maryland will help you understand the options for pursuing a paralegal degree or certificate in the state. As an alternative to traditional degree and certificate programs, online paralegal programs can be a flexible option for some students.

Quick Facts

  • There are 15 colleges and universities that offer paralegal/legal assistant degree programs in Maryland.1
  • 9 schools offer a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 9 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 4 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 3 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
  • 1 school 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
  • 4 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree programs are in Maryland.6

Top-Ranked Schools with Paralegal Programs

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2018*

  • Salisbury University (#98 in-state, #77 out-of-state)
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland (#78 in-state, #61 out-of-state)
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore County (#60 in-state, #53 out-of-state)
  • University of Maryland-College Park (#10 in-state, #16 out-of-state)

*Institution-wide ranking.

Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs 2018

  • Stevenson University (#17)

College Factual’s Best Degrees in Legal Professions 2018

  • University of Maryland-University College (#22)

US News Best Law Schools 2019

  • University of Maryland (#49)
  • University of Baltimore (#119 tie)

Schools with Paralegal Programs Approved by the ABA

  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Community College of Baltimore County
  • Harford Community College
  • Stevenson University
    • Paralegal Degree Programs in Maryland

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      Anne Arundel Community College

      The Legal Studies Institute at Anne Arundel Community College offers two programs in Paralegal Studies: a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and a certificate which can be completed in as few as two semesters. The curricula for these programs emphasize both practical skills development and substantive legal knowledge to fully prepare graduates for entry into the legal workforce. The Associate of Applied Science and the certificate program both offer three distinct tracks based upon the individual’s desired focus of study. These include business, general practice, and litigation specialties that incorporate more in-depth courses with the more general paralegal curriculum. The general practice track may be completed through an accelerated option that allows completion in two semesters. Students enrolling in the certificate program must have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. The Paralegal Studies AAS and the Paralegal Studies Certificate programs at Anne Arundel Community College have been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

      Community College of Baltimore County

      The Community College of Baltimore County offers both an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies program and a certificate in Paralegal Studies program to accommodate students with various education, experience, and career goals. The AAS in Paralegal Studies begins with fundamental professional skills such as composition skills, technology skills, and communication. Legal courses are incorporated later in the degree program, covering topics such as legal research and writing, business law, estate administration, and tort law. Students are required to complete a law-related internship prior to completion of the program. This capstone internship experience allows students to network and participate in a variety of professional legal settings, honing and expanding upon their classroom skills. The certificate program is designed for students who have already earned a college-level degree in an unrelated field and wish to have a formal specialization in paralegal studies. Many of the same legal courses are included in the core curriculum, though the certificate program excludes the general education requirements for the AAS. Both programs have been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and can help students enter the legal profession quickly.

      Stevenson University

      For students wishing to engage in a longer, more in-depth degree program in Maryland, Stevenson University (SU) offers a comprehensive Bachelor of Science (BS) in Paralegal Studies. The program emphasizes critical thinking and communication skills, enabling graduates to be productive and innovative in any professional environment. The wide range of legal specialty courses and the longer duration of the degree program allow students to gain a thorough understanding of several legal fields while being trained in the practices and procedures for typical paralegal tasks. Additionally, the SU paralegal program fosters individual research skills that incorporate up-to-date legal technology and tools. Opportunities for practical experience are offered periodically through internships, externships, clinics, and cooperative work experiences. The SU Paralegal Studies program was the first in the state to be approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and continues to be highly regarded. The program is designed for students who are interested in a more in-depth introduction to the legal professions and who may be interested in later pursuing law school.

      Online Paralegal Programs

      University of Maryland University College

      Students can earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Legal Studies entirely online from the University of Maryland University College. This program focuses on the knowledge, skills, and ethical principles necessary to be successful in the legal field. Through hands-on coursework, students learn practical skills such as writing and drafting legal documents, conducting research, and analyzing legal issues. The undergraduate curriculum starts with general education courses before moving on the core Legal Studies classes. Required courses for the major include Techniques of Legal Research, Legal Ethics, Torts, Criminal Law and Procedures, and Litigation. Students can choose from the university’s deep course catalog to complete 46 additional credits of minor or elective classes. Students can pursue for-credit internships or professional experience in a law firm or court to gain real-world knowledge about the legal field. Graduates typically go on to work as paralegals or legal assistants or pursue further education in the legal field.

      Montgomery College

      Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies from Montgomery College in a hybrid online format. Many required courses can be completed entirely online; however, some courses must be taken on-campus at either the Germantown or Takoma Park/Silver Spring location. The AAS coursework requires 60 credit hours in total, with core classes such as Legal Research; Interviewing, Investigating, and Communication Techniques; and Law Office Administration. Students learn how to use technology common in the legal field as well as effective legal writing and research skills. This program is designed for those interested in starting their career in law as well as current professionals looking to accelerate their careers or transition to a new position. Graduates may find roles in law offices, government agencies, corporations, banks, or other types of businesses. For students exploring the legal field, Montgomery College also offers a 27-credit Paralegal Studies Certificate.

      Student Reviews

      Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

      Anne Arundel Community College
      101 College Pkwy
      Arnold, MD 21012
      (410) 777-2222
      https://www.aacc.edu/

      Student Review: “I attended for a certificate program in Paralegal Studies after earning my Bachelors from another school. The teachers were fantastic as they were usually practicing attorneys in the area or members of the judiciary. As a student, I got a great foundation in the basics and in-depth practical education in aspects of the legal field that I now use in the real world. The thing that helped me the most was the internship course, which helps the students secure an internship via the college and allows you to earn credit while getting experience you can add to your resume. I got a paralegal job in the judiciary before I’d even graduated after completing that course.” -Student at Anne Arundel Community College

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      Baltimore City Community College
      2901 Liberty Heights Ave
      Baltimore, MD 21215
      (410) 462-8300
      https://www.bccc.edu/

      Student Review: “My experience in the paralegal program at BCCC was wonderful. I am currently in law school and the paralegal program gave me the foundation I need to carry me through my first year of law school. The professors O had in the paralegal program were actual attorneys and they provided the best real-life scenarios in addition to being extremely knowledgeable about the legal field. The skills I learned in the paralegal program such as case briefing, legal analysis, and legal memorandum continues to help me be a strong student in law school. The program was also essential to figuring out which type of law I am most interested in and where I may end up practicing post-graduation. The only downside to the program was lack of class availability due to low enrollment.” -Student at Baltimore City Community College
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      Student Review: “The program was all online, which I was not totally fond of because I like interacting with actual people. It was about as good of a program from a poor city community college which you could expect, to be honest. The instructor was extremely late giving feedback on papers/tests. Her feedback was not concise enough when she did get back to me. Her curriculum was pulled straight out of copying from the textbook with no originality or effort to help students learn the material. All in all, I got out of what I put into it for myself, which I guess is about as much as I could expect.” -Student at Baltimore City Community College
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      Community College of Baltimore County
      800 S Rolling Rd
      Catonsville, MD 21228
      (443) 840-2222
      http://www.ccbcmd.edu/

      Student Review: “During the course of my time in the Paralegal Studies program at Community College of Baltimore County, I was constantly excited by the real world applicability of the material I was learning. My professors were all experienced and knowledgeable. At times, I wished that there were more classes offered. When I say this, I mean that I often found myself compromising a convenient schedule in order to take a class I needed. However, despite this, I was happy with the fact that my courses were organized into a pathway that outlined my requirements. I was also very excited about the fact that I was set up with an internship at the end of my degree, and was emailed constantly about job opportunities. My advisor was wonderful and helped me choose the electives that were best to suit my career objectives. Overall, it was a wonderful experience, and I would recommend Community College of Baltimore County to anyone who is looking for an affordable, high quality, Paralegal degree or Certificate.” -Student at Community College of Baltimore County
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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/