Paralegal Schools in Michigan
The numerous colleges and universities in Michigan offer a broad selection of general practice paralegal programs as well as programs in specialty practice areas such as international trade law and e-discovery. This overview of paralegal schools in Michigan will help you compare your options for earning a paralegal degree or certificate so that you can make an informed choice on where to attend school. You may also find that an online paralegal program in paralegal studies can be a suitable alternative to traditional on-campus study.
Paralegal Program Stats
- There are 29 colleges and universities that offer a paralegal/legal assistant degree program in Michigan.
- 9 schools offer a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.
- 23 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.
- 7 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.
- There are 14 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree programs in Michigan.
- Highest graduation rate: Lawton Career Institute-Oak Park Campus 82%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate: Henry Ford Community College 35%.1
- Highest net price per year:University of Detroit Mercy $23,462.2
- Lowest net price per year: North Central Michigan College $1,123.1
- Highest student population: Oakland Community College 29,158.1
- Lowest student population: Lawton Career Institute-Oak Park Campus 75.1
- Annual tuition range for paralegal programs at community colleges and career schools in Michigan: $3,388-$18,048.2
- 2 schools in US News Best Law Schools Rankings of 2013 (top 100): University of Michigan-Ann Arbor #9, Michigan State University #80
Continue reading this page to learn more about your options for paralegal schools in Michigan, as well as to find career information for paralegals.
Paralegal Degree Programs in Michigan
The Lansing Community College paralegal program aims to educate students to become career paralegals equipped with the knowledge and skills to contribute to a variety of legal tasks in private law offices, corporate legal departments, government agencies and other professional legal settings. The paralegal studies program at LCC offers both an associate’s degree and a post-bachelor certificate. Graduates of these programs should be able to demonstrate an understanding of substantive law and legal theory, be proficient in professional and legal technology and demonstrate competence in legal research, writing, and critical thinking. The students in this program come from diverse backgrounds, some entering directly from high school, while others bringing significant educational and work experience. Both of these programs have been approved by the American Bar Association and are good, affordable programs for individuals wishing to gain formal paralegal training.
Grand Valley State University
The Legal Studies major at Grand Valley State University is a great option for individuals interested in pursuing a paralegal career, as well as for those interested in later pursuing graduate studies in criminal justice, social justice or law. The baccalaureate degree program allows students to gain more in-depth mastery of legal procedures and legal fields, while honing critical skills such as writing and research. This program embraces a liberal education philosophy, preparing students to make ethically sound decisions by encouraging critical thinking, and problem-solving. Though bachelor’s degrees require a larger time commitment and financial commitment, this program is an excellent introduction to law and qualifies graduates for an array of opportunities including paralegal legal work and post-graduate study. The American Bar Association has approved the Legal Studies major at Grand Valley State University as a qualified paralegal training program.
Ferris State University
The Ferris State University Legal Studies program focuses on building legal research and writing skills with a solid foundation of broad-based legal knowledge. The curriculum incorporates criminal and civil procedure, probate, estate planning, and real estate law. Technology, accounting, and business law courses are also incorporated into the program. Both Lexis-Nexis and WESTLAW software will be available to students, enabling them to hone their research techniques. General education courses are also required for completion of the AAS degree. This program has been approved by the American Bar Association.
American Bar Association Approved Paralegal Programs in Michigan (Not-for-Profit)
- Baker College of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills)
- Baker College of Clinton Township (Clinton Township)
- Baker College of Jackson (Jackson)
- Davenport University (Grand Rapids)
- Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti)
- Ferris State University (Big Rapids)
- Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids)
- Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn)
- Kellogg Community College (Battle Creek)
- Lansing Community College (Lansing)
- Macomb Community College (Warren)
- Madonna University, Livonia and Macomb University Center (Clinton Township Campuses)
- Oakland Community College (Farmington Hills)
- Oakland University (Rochester)
Ferris State University
1201 S State St
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Student Review: “I attended Ferris State University and received a legal studies associates in May of 2008. Overall I thought the education was of a high caliber in the law classes, but lacking in general education. I had good professors and small class sizes. All of my professors had worked as lawyers previously, and I had a good group of peers in my cohort. I disliked the actual work of the classes and job, I do not enjoy studying the law. There is a lot to memorize, and a lot of convoluted research that has to be done to even learn what the law is. Ferris is also in Big Rapids, MI, which is the middle of nowhere. There is little to no nightlife and the campus was generally empty on the weekends. I feel because of the commuter nature of the school, I wasn’t able to build a large network that could help me get a job after school. Overall, I learned a lot, but I didn’t learn how to get a job in the field afterward.” – Student at Ferris State University
Lansing Community College
309 N Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933
Student Review: “The paralegal program at Lansing Community College was a reasonably okay experience for me. While some of the courses were interesting and rewarding, others were much less so. The quality of the course was very dependent on the professor who was teaching it, so asking around about who was the best for which class is definitely recommended. All of the professors were flexible and approachable when it came to any issue with the course. The best thing about the program is that the courses themselves were very flexible in terms of scheduling. The school was very focused on making sure that people were successful in completing the program, so classes were offered online, in person, on evenings, on weekends, and during the day. Overall the program, which is ABA Accredited, is more than worth the investment. It’s not perfect, but the advantages outweigh the negatives by far.” – Student at Lansing Community College
318 Meadow Brook Rd
Rochester, MI 48309
Student Review: “My experience with this program has been below average. Some of the classes are very educational and enjoyable, but this all depends on the teacher. From my experience in completing this program I believe that this program has not prepared me to the fullest extent needed to be successful in this field. The program director seems to have a motive of only collecting money from the students and not in providing the most positive learning experience possible. Oakland University does not even recognize the fact that they have a paralegal program. It is off campus at other locations. Also there have been multiple years of problems between some teachers and the students, however even with multiple complaints to the director of the program nothing was done. The internship you must pay for even if you are currently employed with a law firm. Also they do not have the internship opportunities as advertised on the website. When researching ABA programs to attend part of the reason I choose OU is because they had better options for internships, and also stated they would place you in the required internship. However when it came time to do the internship, they were unable to place me in a firm or company other than Mike Morris. Nothing wrong with that, but I was looking for other options in law. Overall I am extremely disappointed in this program. I could have received the same education for half the price at a Community College opposed to this University. I do want to re state that I did value the information I was taught by a select few professors in this program. Even being told by a Judge who taught a class that we can contact her with not only her subject but any questions we may have in the future. This to me means a lot. I gave this 2 stars for the amazing few professors that did show compassion and teach us things that were useful in today’s paralegal world.” – Paula at Oakland University
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?state=MI&sort=best