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Paralegal Schools in Oregon

This overview of paralegal schools in Oregon is designed to help you find the information you need to make an informed decision on where to go to school. The universities and colleges in Oregon offer a range of paralegal programs that include general paralegal studies as well as studies in specialty areas like real estate law and corporate law. Some schools offer paralegal studies programs online, which can also be a suitable alternative for some students.

Quick Facts

  • There are 8 colleges and universities that offer paralegal/legal assistant degree programs in Oregon.1
  • 3 schools offer a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 5 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • No 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
  • 1 school 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
  • No schools 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
  • 2 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree programs are in Oregon.6

Top-Ranked Schools with Paralegal Programs

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2018*

  • University of Oregon (#97 in-state, #99 out-of-state)

*Institution-wide ranking.

US News Best Law Schools 2019

  • University of Oregon (#85 tie)
  • Lewis and Clark College (#95 tie)

Schools with Paralegal Programs Approved by the ABA

  • Portland Community College
  • Pioneer Pacific College
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      Portland Community College

      Portland Community College offers two paralegal program options, the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and a paralegal certificate. The associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies is a 90-credit degree program that incorporates required paralegal courses, elective legal courses, general education requirements, and other electives. Students who have previously completed a two- or four-year degree may wish to pursue the certificate program in Paralegal Studies, a 45-credit program that includes the same required paralegal courses and elective legal courses as the associate’s degree program without the general education requirements. The PCC paralegal program has continued to expand in the past few years, recently installing a law library, establishing a student-run paralegal club, and expanding several supplemental legal programs. Students at PCC also have access to an expansive advising and career development network through the college and specifically through the legal departments. These services and the close ties the college has maintained with local law firms can be beneficial for recent graduates applying for positions in the greater Portland area. Additionally, the PCC paralegal program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

      Lane Community College

      At Lane Community College, students can earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Administrative Professional, which offers four different elective paths. Students interested in a career in the legal field can choose a career pathways certificate in Legal Office Skills. The curriculum teaches students how to organize and manage law office responsibilities as well as understand professional, ethical, and legal standards. The Legal Office Skills curriculum teaches research and writing skills in courses such as Legal Procedures, Legal Terminology, Civil Litigation, and Business Communications. Lane Community College’s Cooperative Education Department helps match interested students with internships at local businesses and organizations, providing opportunities for real-world experience. This program prepares graduates for careers as legal secretaries on the path toward becoming a paralegal. Students interested in a paralegal-specific program may be able to take advantage of Lane’s partnership with Umpqua Community College by speaking with an academic advisor and transferring into the second year of Umpqua’s online AAS in Paralegal Studies program.

      Online Paralegal Programs

      Umpqua Community College

      Students can earn an online Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies through Umpqua Community College. This two-year program prepares graduates to work in entry-level positions as paralegals or legal assistants. The first year of the program focuses on general education knowledge and communication and critical thinking skills. The second year emphasizes different specialty areas in the legal field, including Business Law, Civil Procedure, Family Law, and Torts, Pleading, and Practice. Students learn a balance of legal theory and practical technology, reading, and writing skills that are necessary for success in the legal field. Graduates from the AAS program may find positions in a wide range of legal environments, such as law firms, businesses, financial institutions, or government offices. Umpqua Community College also offers a one-year Legal Assistant Certificate program that can be completed online.

      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/