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Paralegal Schools in Rhode Island

The following overview of paralegal schools in Rhode Island provides the information that you need 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.

Paralegal Program Stats

  • There are 3 colleges and universities that offer a paralegal/legal assistant degree program in Rhode Island.
  • 1 school offers a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.
  • 2 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.
  • 2 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.
  • There is 1 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree program in Rhode Island.

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate: Roger Williams University 59%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Community College of Rhode Island 16% and Johnson & Wales University-Providence 16%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Roger Williams University $34,227.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Community College of Rhode Island $5,479.1
  • Highest student population: Community College of Rhode Island 17,893.1
  • Lowest student population: Roger Williams University 4,844.1
  • Annual tuition range for paralegal programs at community colleges and career schools in Rhode Island: $9,816-$9,816.2
  • No schools in the US News Best Law Schools Rankings of 2013 (top 100)

Continue reading for more information about paralegal schools in Rhode Island, popular programs, and career possibilities for graduates.

Paralegal Degree Programs in Rhode Island

Roger Williams University
Roger Williams University hosts the only paralegal degree program in Rhode Island that has been formally approved by the American Bar Association. The Paralegal Studies department at Roger Williams University offers an associate degree, a bachelor degree as well as a certificate in paralegal studies. The curriculum of all three programs is practice-based designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of legal settings. General education courses are included in both the associate and bachelor 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 distance education, but in accordance with ABA requirements, a minimum of 10 semester credits of legal specialty courses must be taken on campus.

Community College of Rhode Island
The associate degree program at the Community College of Rhode Island incorporates both 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 credits in general education courses and 40 semester credits in legal courses, for a total of 61 semester credits. Technology courses are also emphasized throughout the curriculum and students have access to various computer resources through association with the college. An additional component of the program is the paralegal profile requirement, wherein students are required to compile a portfolio of their coursework. Though this program is not approved by the American Bar Association it may provide a good base in paralegal studies for individuals who do not have access to an American Bar Association approved program.

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

  • Roger Williams University (Providence)

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?state=RI&sort=best