Paralegal Schools in Minnesota

There are numerous paralegal schools in Minnesota offering programs at the certificate, associate’s, and bachelor’s degree levels. The following guide to paralegal schools in Minnesota provides key information about paralegal programs at Minnesota’s colleges and universities so that you can make the right educational choice for your career goals. You may also discover that online paralegal schools can be a suitable alternative to on-campus study, and may be a better fit for some students.

Paralegal Program Stats

  • There are 29 colleges and universities that offer a paralegal/legal assistant degree program in Minnesota.
  • 12 schools offer a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.
  • 24 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.
  • 18 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.
  • There are 5 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree programs in Minnesota.

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate: Minneapolis Business College 89%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Inver Hills Community College 40%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Minnesota School of Business-Moorhead $27,124.1
  • Lowest net price per year: St. Cloud Technical and Community College $8,536.1
  • Highest student population: Winona State University 8,960.1
  • Lowest student population: Academy College 191.1
  • Annual tuition range for paralegal programs at community colleges and career schools in Minnesota: $5,138-$19,435.2
  • 1 school in US News Best Law Schools Rankings of 2013 (top 100): University of Minnesota-Twin Cities #19

Read on for profiles of popular paralegal programs and schools in Minnesota as well as potential career tracks for paralegal graduates.

Paralegal Degree Programs in Minnesota

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Hamline University
The Paralegal certificate program at Hamline University has been designed to impart legal knowledge and professional skills to students who are in the process of completing or who have already completed a bachelor’s degree. Hamline University’s program uniquely combines career oriented, practical paralegal training with a liberal arts core to produce well-rounded and employable graduates. Students benefit from an up-to-date and extensive law library on the St. Paul campus and courses that foster research and presentation skills. Both day and evening courses are offered to accommodate various schedules. This certificate program is comprehensive and an excellent option for students who have completed or are pursuing degrees in related or unrelated fields. This program has been formally approved by the American Bar Association.

My best advice for getting hired as a paralegal is to keep your options open. Apply for jobs even if you feel it isn’t in the area of law you ideally want to work in. Furthermore, apply for jobs even if you feel that you may not be qualified. By sending your resume in you may be fortunate enough to get an interview and the interview experience alone is priceless.” –Lisa Kilde, President of the Red River Valley Paralegal Association and paralegal at Ohnstad Twichell, PC.

Minnesota State University
Minnesota State University offers a solid four-year bachelor’s degree program in Paralegal Studies that includes full introductions to a variety of substantive legal fields, as well as a heavy emphasis on legal writing and research. Legal procedures and writing formats are specifically addressed throughout the curriculum to aptly prepare students for the specific tasks that may be allotted to them as legal assistants and paralegals. An active law library on campus is an invaluable resource to the paralegal department and enables students to partake in individual research and presentation. Additionally, a mandatory internship component gives students the opportunity to hone their skills and knowledge, experience in an active legal workplace, and network with potential employers. As a bachelor’s degree, this program is considerably more in-depth than shorter degree programs and consequently reflects a higher mastery of the field. This program has been approved by the American Bar Association and is ideal for students who wish to have a more comprehensive introduction to paralegal studies or who wish to seek further graduate study in law or criminal justice.

North Hennepin Community College
North Hennepin Community College offers both an Associate of Science (AS) in Paralegal Studies and a Paralegal Studies Certificate program depending on applicants’ previous educational history. The AS program includes an array of general education courses ranging from mathematics to communication and composition. These courses help foster a solid foundation of computational ability, problem-solving and professional skills. The core of the curriculum, however, is the legal specialty courses, which range from probate to real estate law and criminal law. Students are able to choose areas of focus within the substantive law courses. All legal specialty courses are taught by licensed attorneys, giving students valuable insight into the professional legal field. These programs have both been formally approved by the American Bar Association.

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

  • Hamline University (St. Paul)
  • Inver Hills Community College (Inver Grove Heights)
  • Minnesota State University (Moorhead)
  • North Hennepin Community College (Minneapolis)
  • Winona State University (Winona)

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/