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Paralegal Schools in Oklahoma

The paralegal schools in Oklahoma offer a variety of paralegal programs for earning certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and advanced degrees. This guide to your options will help you find the information you need to make the right choice for your interests and career goals. You can also evaluate online paralegal programs, which may a better fit depending on your individual needs.

Quick Facts

  • There are 16 colleges and universities that offer paralegal/legal assistant degree programs in Oklahoma.1
  • 8 schools offer a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 2 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 5 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 2 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 3 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2018.2
  • No schools 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
  • 5 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree programs are in Oklahoma.6

Top-Ranked Schools with Paralegal Programs

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2018*

  • Oklahoma State University (#81 in-state, #85 out-of-state)
  • University of Oklahoma (#52 in-state, #49 out-of-state)
  • University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (#67 in-state, #60 out-of-state)

*Institution-wide ranking.

College Factual’s Best Degrees in Legal Professions 2018

  • University of Central Oklahoma (#25)

US News Best Law Schools 2019

  • University of Oklahoma (#63 tie)
  • University of Tulsa (#101 tie)

Schools with Paralegal Programs Approved by the ABA

  • East Central University
  • Rose State College
  • Tulsa Community College
  • University of Oklahoma Law Center
  • University of Tulsa
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      Rose State College

      The paralegal studies program at Rose State College is a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) that is offered through the Business and Information Technology Division. This program prepares students for entry-level positions in legal settings by equipping them with practical skills bolstered by a foundation of substantive legal knowledge. Particular emphasis is placed upon the role of paralegals and the ethical responsibilities of paralegals in a variety of legal settings. Courses are offered in both day and evening sessions to accommodate a variety of schedules and a qualified faculty strives to give students personal attention and guidance throughout the course work. This program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

      Seek either a paying or even non-paying internship at a local firm. This type of hands-on experience is incredibly valuable. Also, if you do a great job and make yourself indispensable, these positions could turn into something more once you graduate, or at the very least provide another source of references.” –Johnanna Oglesby, CP, Vice President of the Oklahoma Paralegal Association.

      Tulsa Community College

      At Tulsa Community College, students can earn an Associate of Arts (AA) or an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies. Both programs have been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the college is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE). The AA degree is designed for students who want to continue their education and transfer to a four-year institution, while the AAS program is intended for those interested in graduating and finding an entry-level job in the paralegal field. Students in both programs learn practical paralegal skills such as conducting research, drafting documents, and interviewing clients. Through courses in subjects like contracts, civil procedure, litigation, and legal technology, students learn foundational legal concepts. At least 10 semester hours must be completed in a traditional classroom setting, but some courses are available online. Once students have finished their studies, they are eligible to sit for the Certified Paralegal examination given by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) or the Professional Paralegal exam organized by the National Association for Legal Professionals (NALS).

      Online Paralegal Programs

      University of Oklahoma Law Center

      The Department of Legal Assistant Education at the University of Oklahoma Law Center offers a paralegal/legal assistant certificate program that may be completed in less than a year, with both a weekend course format and a hybrid format combining online and on-campus courses available. In either format, students to complete 42 units through seminar courses in practical subjects such as legal writing and research as well as substantive topics such as civil procedure, evidence, and law practice management. Elective course options examine specific legal areas in more detail and may be customized to specialize in a particular area of law or provide a broad introduction to multiple legal areas. An optional internship component is also available for motivated students seeking real-world work experience. This program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is designed for individuals with some higher education experience wishing to pursue a credential while maintaining a full-time position.

      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/