Start Your Legal Career in Two Years

Paralegals are team players who play a crucial role in the legal profession by assisting attorneys in all areas of the law. Attorneys can delegate any legal work to paralegals except tasks that involve giving legal advice or representing clients in court, so a well-rounded education is vital for paralegals.

Kirkwood’s Paralegal Studies program will prepare you for entry-level positions in the paralegal profession, and it can also give you the credentials you need to further your career if you’re already employed in legal work.

Obtaining a job-ready A.A. or A.A.S. degree can also serve as a springboard to a bachelor’s degree and law school.

How to Apply Program Details Program Costs

Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year! Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Graduates of the Paralegal program will be able to:

  • Explain the role of the paralegal in the legal profession pursuant to the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • Produce legal documents.
  • Analyze and apply legal authority to fact-specific scenarios.
  • Demonstrate computer literacy applicable to the legal profession.

Students in the Paralegal program shall develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in an entry-level paralegal position.

Frequently Asked Questions

Kirkwood paralegal graduates work in law firms, corporate legal departments, and other business and governmental offices such as prosecutors' offices, banks, title companies and insurance companies.

The program coordinator shall have discretion to evaluate and approve the transfer of all legal specialty courses. A maximum transfer of 12 credits of legal specialty course work is allowed.

Students planning to pursue a degree at a four-year institution follow the Liberal Arts program requirements while at Kirkwood, completing general education and Paralegal elective courses that prepare them to transfer.

Graduates who have gone on to law school after completing their bachelor's degree have found their paralegal education at Kirkwood served as an excellent pre-law experience.

In addition, any student wishing to explore a legal career will find program courses useful. Introduction to Law, the first program course, satisfies three credit hours of social science requirement toward an A.A or A.A.S. degree. It is recommended that you work closely with your paralegal advisor.

Alex Brownfield

“With smaller, personalized classrooms, you get more one-on-one help and hands-on experiences. I get to actually have my individual questions answered in class.”

Alex Brownfield,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


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