Paralegal Programs in Idaho

There are no regulations or requirements of paralegals in Idaho with regards to education, work experience or certification. However, there is no substitute for a formal paralegal education. Those with an associate's or bachelor's degree or post-degree certificate may have the greatest opportunities and be the most well-prepared. Close consideration should be paid to the quality of education offered in a paralegal program. Regional or National accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal programs are good choices and recommended by the American Association for Paralegal Education.

There is one ABA approved post-baccalaureate certificate program offered in Idaho, so if you do not have an associate's or bachelor's degree you may have to evaluate some other options.

Choosing a Paralegal Program

It is important to find out what the market is like for paralegals in your area and what type of education can prepare you for entry-level positions. Contact a local law firm, government agency or another potential employer to learn what their paralegal hiring requirements are.

In Idaho your paralegal education options include one American Bar Association approved paralegal post-baccalaureate certificate program, 4 American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) member schools and a few online paralegal programs that are accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education. The AAfPE considers a qualified paralegal to be one who has graduated from a program with one of these accreditations or approvals. These programs can provide the necessary education for entering the profession as an entry-level paralegal.

Choose a school that offers exceptional student services, such as job placement assistance, access to legal research software and databases, academic advising, financial aid, and internship opportunities.

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Program outcomes vary according to each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed.
Earning a degree may not qualify you for specialized careers that require more education or experience in the field.