The following is a list of the paralegal schools and/or programs offered in the Phoenix metropolitan area and whether the program is approved by the American Bar Association. The APA does not promote or recommend any of the schools listed below, but provides them as a courtesy and for your convenience.
ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs
Everest College Phoenix Paralegal Studies Program 10400 N. 25th Ave., Suite 190 Phoenix, AZ 85021 Director: Richard A. Johnson Telephone: 602.942.4141 Fax: 602.943.0960 Type of Institution: Private, Proprietary, 2 yr Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science Minimum length of time to complete program: 24 months Internships: Elective Description: The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Legal Assisting prepares students to research legal issues, draft legal documents, prepare pleadings, summarize documents, organize trial notebooks, and interview clients. The program provides students with both a practical and theoretical education in the legal profession. Under the supervision of an attorney, graduates will be able to use their skills in law and legal procedures in the areas of interviewing, gathering, reviewing and analyzing facts, research law, and preparing and interpreting legal documents. Westlaw computerized legal research and special Discovery software training is also included. For more information:www.everestcollegephoenix.edu
Phoenix College Paralegal Studies Program 640 N 1st Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85003-1515 Director: Scott A. Hauert Telephone: 602.285.7110 Fax: 602.635.4967 Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science, Certificate of completion for students with a college degree from an accredited institution Minimum length of time to complete program: 3 semesters for Certificate; 4-5 semesters for AAS, depending on course selection Internships: Elective Description: Phoenix College is a member of the Maricopa Community Colleges. The Paralegal Program at Phoenix College has been educating students in the paralegal field since 1973. We offer both day and nighttime courses in a classroom setting taught by experienced attorneys and legal assistants from the community. The Paralegal Program places particular emphasis on core skills needed by entry-level paralegals such as legal writing, legal procedures, torts, legal research, and computerized law office applications. We also offer a rich variety of electives, including Criminal Procedure, Bankruptcy, Administrative Law, Family Law, Probate, and Real Estate. For more information:www.phoenixcollege.edu/legalstudies
Pima Community College Paralegal Program Downtown Campus 1255 North Stone Avenue Tucson, AZ 85709-3030 Director: Joy D. O'Donnell Telephone: 520.206.7352 Type of Institution: Public; 2-yr Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate; Post-Associate Certificate Internships: Elective Description: The Post-Degree Certificate requires a previous Bachelor's or an Associate of Arts or Science degree from an accredited post-secondary institution. For more information:www.dtc.pima.edu