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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.

Quick Facts

  • There are 29 colleges and universities that offer paralegal/legal assistant degree programs in Michigan.1
  • 9 schools offer a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 17 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 11 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 9 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 2 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
  • 3 schools ranked in US News Best Law Schools in 2019.5
  • 11 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree programs are in Michigan.6

Top-Ranked Schools with Paralegal Programs

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2018*

  • Michigan State University (#40 in-state, #81 out-of-state)
  • University of Michigan (#4 in-state, #15 out-of-state)

*Institution-wide ranking.

Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs 2018

  • Eastern Michigan University (#12 tie)

College Factual’s Best Degrees in Legal Professions 2018

  • Michigan State University (#16)

US News Best Law Schools 2019

  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (#8)
  • Michigan State University (#88 tie)
  • Wayne State University (#98 tie)

Schools with Paralegal Programs Approved by the ABA

  • Baker College of Auburn Hills
  • Davenport University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Henry Ford Community College
  • Lansing Community College
  • Macomb Community College
  • Madonna University
  • Oakland Community College
  • Oakland University
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      Lansing Community College

      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’s 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 bring significant educational and work experience. Both of these programs have been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and are 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 larger time and financial commitments compared to associate’s or certificate programs, 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 (ABA) has approved the Legal Studies major at Grand Valley State University as a qualified paralegal training program.

      Online Paralegal Programs

      Baker College

      Baker College offers two different degrees for students interested in the legal field, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Legal Studies and an Associate of Business (AB)-Paralegal. Both programs have been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) at the Auburn Hills campus, although some foundational courses are available to complete online. Baker College’s paralegal courses focus on the practical skills needed in the field, emphasizing real-world applications of legal theory. Students learn how to conduct research, prepare legal documents, and interact with law office clients. In addition to general education requirements, core paralegal courses in the associate and bachelor’s programs include Torts, Law Office Technology, Management, and Ethics, Contract Law, and Criminal Law and Procedures. Graduates are prepared to work in paralegal or legal assistant roles in private firms, government agencies, or corporate offices, and graduates also have the option to pursue further education in the legal field.

      Eastern Michigan University

      Students at Eastern Michigan University can earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Paralegal Studies in a program approved by the American Board Association (ABA). Eastern Michigan University also offers a second bachelor’s degree program in Paralegal Studies for students who have a bachelor’s degree but are interested in transitioning to the legal field. Most courses are available as a hybrid mix of online and on-campus sessions or completely online. The core curriculum covers a broad liberal arts foundation before moving on to specialized paralegal classes such as Civil Litigation, Investigation and Procedure, Legal Writing, Research and Analysis, and Family Law. These classes focus on real-world knowledge such as understanding law and court procedures, drafting legal documents, and the basics of legal research and analysis. Students can also hone their skills in a hands-on environment at the attorney-supervised legal clinic sponsored by the paralegal program. Eastern Michigan University accepts transfer credits for the undergraduate program and many graduates go on to work in entry-level positions or pursue further education in law.

      Student Reviews

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      Ferris State University
      1201 S State St
      Big Rapids, MI 49307
      (231) 591-2000
      https://www.ferris.edu/

      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
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      Lansing Community College
      309 N Washington Square
      Lansing, MI 48933
      (517) 483-1957
      https://www.lcc.edu/

      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 an 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, in 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
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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/