Paralegal Programs in Arkansas
It is important to research all of your options when choosing a paralegal studies program. Certain program qualities may rate higher for you and other qualities may mean more to employers. Education is a large investment of both time and money, so take time to evaluate what options are available in Arkansas and which one may give you the best opportunity for a successful career.
What to Consider When Choosing a Paralegal Program
Colleges and Universities that are accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education generally offer programs that meet most employers hiring requirements. There many online and campus based schools that offer paralegal programs in Arkansas and we have selected a variety of the better known programs for you to learn more about. The American Bar Association (ABA) approves paralegal programs that meet their stringent requirements. ABA approved programs are well respected by employers of paralegals throughout Arkansas, however, it is uncommon that an employer requires paralegal candidates to have attended an ABA approved program. Some larger firms may, but they are often more concerned with the length and area of prior legal work experience.
*There are just two ABA approved paralegal programs in the state of Arkansas.
As far as choosing a school goes, make sure the school and program department offers academic advising, financial aid, career placement services. Curriculum is consistent at most ABA approved schools and the nationally accredited online programs we have selected below. Generally, students develop their critical thinking skills, paralegal job skills and learn legal theory in paralegal programs. Another thing to consider is if you decide on attending a 2-year or associate's degree program and have any desire to pursue a bachelor's degree in the future, make sure that the credits you earn transfer to the school where you intend on completing your bachelor's degree.
You have taken a great leap toward your personal and professional growth. Now, review the programs listed and request information from the schools that interest you.