Paralegal Schools in Missouri
The colleges and universities in Missouri offer students interested in obtaining a degree or certificate in paralegal studies a broad range of options, including study towards in-demand paralegal specialties such as internet law and financial services law. This guide to paralegal schools in Missouri will provide you with the information you need to compare schools and make the right decision. Online paralegal schools may also be a good choice for your educational needs.
- There are 16 colleges and universities that offer paralegal/legal assistant degree programs in Missouri.1
- 5 schools offer a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
- 4 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
- 7 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
- 4 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
- 4 schools ranked in US News Best Law Schools in 2019.5
- 2 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree programs are in Missouri.6
Top-Ranked Schools with Paralegal Programs
Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2018*
- Truman State University (#19 in-state, #8 out-of-state)
- University of Missouri (#74 in-state, #69 out-of-state)
Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs 2018
- William Woods University (#7)
College Factual’s Best Degrees in Legal Professions 2018
- Webster University (#14)
US News Best Law Schools 2019
- Washington University in St. Louis (#18)
- University of Missouri (#65 tie)
- Saint Louis University (#88 tie)
- University of MIssouri-Kansas City (#119 tie)
Schools with Paralegal Programs Approved by the ABA
- Missouri Western State University
- Webster University
Paralegal Degree Programs in Missouri
The Legal Studies and Paralegal program at Maryville University is a four-year pre-law bachelor’s program that introduces students to legal research, writing, and civil and criminal legal theory. General education courses are required in subjects ranging from mathematics and natural science to writing and composition. Required law courses include legal ethics, legal research and writing, and civil litigation. Legal Studies majors are also required to complete a minimum of 12 elective credit hours from a large selection of substantive legal subjects. Fourth-year students will complete a capstone paralegal internship, giving individuals an opportunity to hone their skills, apply their legal knowledge, and network with potential employers. In addition to being formally approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), Maryville University is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Educators (AAfPE).
Do well in your classes and go above and beyond what is required. You never know when your instructor may know of and recommend you for a paralegal position.” –Sandra M. Herdler, Vice President of the American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc. and a Senior Paralegal at Krigel & Krigel, PC, Kansas City, Missouri.
Missouri Western State University
At Missouri Western State University, students are able to pursue an Associate of Science (AS) degree with a major in Legal Assistant or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Legal Studies. Students who already have an undergraduate degree in another subject may also choose to complete a Legal Assistant Certificate. The programs aim to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for the paralegal and legal assistant professions, including critical thinking and legal writing. Students learn practical skills in areas like legal research, writing, interviewing, investigation, and preparing evidence for trial. All Legal Studies courses are taught by licensed attorneys, giving students unique insight into the professional legal world. The Legal Assistant program is a voting member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) and has received formal approval from the American Bar Association (ABA).
The Webster University Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Legal Studies curriculum encompasses many different substantive areas of law and integrates important professional skills such as technology competency, writing composition, and legal research. The program is designed to prepare students for entry into law school or further study in criminal justice as well as to advance careers for paralegals and legal assistants. Instructors in this program are professors who are practicing attorneys and judges from a variety of legal backgrounds. Students may benefit from Webster’s downtown St. Louis campus, which is located in same building as the Missouri Court of Appeals and near several large law firms. As a career-oriented program, the course schedule is designed to accommodate both working adults and traditional full-time students, depending upon each individual’s needs. This program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).
Online Paralegal Programs
William Woods University
At William Woods University, students can earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Paralegal Studies in a completely online format. Classes are taught in a 14-course sequence following an eight-week schedule. The core curriculum covers everything from fundamental legal theory to the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in the field. In addition to technical concepts such as substantive and procedural law, legal research and writing, law-related computer tools, and legal interviewing, students also learn about professional ethics and interpersonal communication methods. The 42-semester hour program emphasizes practical skills and hands-on lessons through the program’s Virtual Law Office Practicum course. William Woods University is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), and students can take advantage of resources and support offered through the school’s career center and professional associations.
Students at Webster University can earn a Master of Arts (MA) in Legal Studies through the College of Arts and Sciences. The program can be completed entirely online or at the St. Louis home campus. Students in the graduate program can concurrently seek a Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies, for a total of 39 required credit hours. The curriculum covers a wide range of subjects in the legal field and different types of legal environments. Core required classes include Jurisprudence, Ethics for the Legal Professional, American Constitutional Law, Civil Actions, and Computerized Legal Research. Students learn about critical thinking strategies, professional conduct standards, and effective written and oral communication skills. The St. Louis-area paralegal programs at Webster have been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Graduates from the MA or certificate programs may find career opportunities in different parts of the legal field, ranging from law firms to in-house corporate legal departments to government agencies, or they may continue to advance in their current industry with a better understanding of the legal sphere.
St. Charles Community College
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr
Cottleville, MO 63376
Student Review: “When I first started college I obviously took all my required courses, which was nice as I was still trying to figure out what it was I actually wanted to do. After my first semester I had it stuck in my head that I wanted to be a police officer, and after talking to a counselor she instructed me that I should pursue criminal justice. The teacher was very good but a lot of what they were teaching (to me at least) seemed menial to what I was wanting to do as a career. After a few semesters, I knew that it was not a class that I found beneficial to me. I still wanted to be a police officer so I spoke with a different counselor and he told me to try criminology, which is where I really enjoyed my time in class. Not only was it engaging for me, but every day in class was different and the teacher knew how to interact with his students to make learning a bit more ‘fun’.” -Student at St. Charles Community College
470 E Lockwood Ave
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Student Review: “Webster University was an awesome experience for me. As a veteran of the military I found that they were very accepting and very professional in all ways. Being in the Paralegal Studies Program was very challenging and very rewarding. I did not have one professor that was not on point. One of my professors that also was the head of the department encouraged me to continue my legal education and attend law school, which I am now in my 1st year. With Webster being an ABA-accredited institution for Paralegal Studies I have found that the education that I received from there was top notch and prepared me for Law School.” -Student at Webster University
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/