Paralegal Programs in Nevada
There are no education, licensure or certification requirements for paralegals in Nevada. However, the demand for formally educated paralegals has increased in Nevada based on the increasingly complex tasks paralegals take on. Salaries are also very attractive in this field and competition for jobs is tight. A formal education and work experience are what have been setting job candidates apart from other candidates.
The Nevada Paralegal Association supports National paralegal certification through the National Association of Legal Assistants and to become a member of the State Bar of Nevada Paralegals and Legal Assistants must meet specific education and experience requirements. National paralegal certification and membership in the State Bar of Nevada demonstrates a paralegal's or legal assistant's dedication to the profession and provides a way for employers to evaluate a paralegal job candidate's qualifications. Careful consideration should be given to what type of paralegal education one enrolls in. The educational requirements to consider for national certification as well as membership in the State Bar can be found below.
- Find Nationally and Regionally Accredited Online Paralegal Programs
- Find Campus Based Paralegal Programs in Nevada
Choosing a Paralegal Program
There is a significant time and financial commitment needed to complete a paralegal program and because of this, careful consideration should be paid to what type of program can provide the greatest return on the investment. The American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) considers a qualified paralegal to have an associate's or bachelor's degree with a concentration, minor or major in paralegal studies that has been earned from an American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal program, an AAfPE member school or a nationally or regionally accredited school accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.
One of the most important things to do is contact potential employers to find out what they are looking for in paralegal candidates as far as education and work experience goes. This should provide a measure of what level and accreditation of education you should be considering to be competitive in the industry.
In Las Vegas, it is not uncommon for larger law firms to require graduation from an ABA approved paralegal program or to have a bachelor's degree. Not to say that all law firms are this strict, however, based on the great paralegal salaries in the large firms, it makes sense to be as competitive as possible with education.
There is only one ABA approved paralegal program offered in Nevada. There are, however, many online and campus based programs that have been regionally or nationally accredited by agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education. Due to the limited number of ABA approved paralegal programs in Nevada, geography can limit a student's opportunity to attend one of these programs. Many of the non-ABA approved paralegal programs actually can meet the criteria required by the ABA for approval but due to the cost of approval and the fact that this cost is often passed onto the student, many schools choose not to pursue approval. Read more about ABA versus non-ABA approved paralegal program.
Find paralegal programs accredited by agencies recognized by the US Department of Education as well as ABA approved programs below. Programs are offered in Reno, NV and Las Vegas, NV as well as throughout the state.