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Paralegal Schools in Rhode Island

The following overview of paralegal schools in Rhode Island provides information about your options for pursuing a paralegal degree or certificate in the state. The colleges and universities in Rhode Island offer several options for earning a paralegal degree or certificate that may fit with your desired career track. You may also wish to consider online paralegal programs, which some find to be a more flexible alternative than traditional on-campus programs.

Quick Facts

  • There are 3 colleges and universities that offer paralegal/legal assistant degree programs in Rhode Island.1
  • 2 schools offer a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 2 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 1 school offers a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 1 school offers a master’s or advanced degree for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • No 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
  • No schools ranked in College Factual’s Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Legal Professions in 2018.4
  • No schools ranked in US News Best Law Schools in 2019.5
  • 1 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree program is in Rhode Island.6

Top-Ranked Schools with Paralegal Programs

Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs 2018

  • Roger Williams University (#8)

Schools with Paralegal Programs Approved by the ABA

  • Roger Williams University
    • Paralegal Degree Programs in Rhode Island

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      Roger Williams University

      Roger Williams University hosts the only paralegal degree programs in Rhode Island that have been formally approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). The Paralegal Studies department at Roger Williams University offers an Associate of Science (AS) degree, a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, and a certificate in Paralegal Studies. The curriculum of all three programs is practice-based and designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of legal settings. General education courses are included in both the associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs, whereas the certificate program includes only legal specialty courses. Students are also instructed in online research tools and formal legal writing. Several courses are available through online distance education, but in accordance with ABA requirements, a minimum of 10 semester hours of legal specialty courses must be taken on campus.

      Community College of Rhode Island

      The Associate of Science (AS) in Legal Studies with a Paralegal Studies Concentration program at the Community College of Rhode Island is a strong start for those interested in a career in the legal field. The curriculum incorporates general professional courses such as Oral Communication and Composition with specialized legal courses such as Legal Research and Writing. Students are required to complete 21 semester hours in general education courses and 40 semester hours in legal courses, for a total of 61 semester hours. Technology courses are also emphasized throughout the curriculum and students have access to various technology resources through the college. An additional component of the program is the paralegal portfolio, wherein students are required to compile a portfolio of their coursework. Though this program is not approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) it may provide a good base in paralegal studies for individuals who do not have access to an ABA-approved program.

      Online Paralegal Programs

      Roger Williams University

      The Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies offered through the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies can be completed in a hybrid online format, with a mix of online and on-campus courses. Students must take at least 10 semester hours of legal specialty credits on campus in accordance with the program’s approval from the American Bar Association (ABA). The bachelor’s degree curriculum emphasizes up-to-date technology skills, the practical application of legal knowledge, and professional legal writing abilities. The legal core includes 37 credit hours of legal courses plus nine credit hours of paralegal studies electives. Required courses include Law in Contemporary Society, Legal Research and Writing, and Emerging Technologies and the Legal Environment. Students will also complete a paralegal internship and a legal capstone that ties together the knowledge gained during the course sequence.

      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/