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Which Tucson Colleges Have Paralegal Studies Degree Programs?

Learn about paralegal studies programs in the Tucson, AZ, area. Get information about certificates available and program requirements to make an informed decision about your education.

If you are interested in studying to become a paralegal in the Tucson, AZ area you have a couple of certificate and degree options. Here you will find out about two schools in the region that offer programs.

What You Need to Know

Paralegal studies programs in Tucson, AZ, are available at the certificate and associate degree levels through 2- and 4-year public community colleges and universities. Programs can last anywhere between 14 weeks and two years. Certificate paralegal programs, however, usually require you to already hold an associate or bachelor's degree before beginning. Internship experiences in a paralegal setting are offered through both certificate and degree programs. Some programs are also available online. Keep reading for paralegal certificate and associate degree options in Tucson.

Paralegal Studies Certificate Programs in the Tucson Area

Pima Community College

If you already have a degree in another field, you can opt to pursue Pima's paralegal certificate. The curriculum in this program will prepare you to engage in legal research, writing and case investigation. It also includes an internship. Flexible class schedules are available, including the option to take courses only on the weekends and in the evenings. Since you must already have a degree to enroll in the certificate program, a writing course is the only general education requirement.

  • Program: Paralegal - Post-Degree Certificate
  • Program Length: 42 credits (roughly 4 semesters)
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,142 for residents; $7,458 for non-residents (2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Associate or bachelor's degree (any field)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 19,594 students (all undergrads)

University of Arizona - Outreach College

The University of Arizona Outreach College offers a variety of on-site and online professional development courses, and it provides you with the option to complete an online paralegal certificate program. The 2-course program comes from The Center for Legal Studies. In the first 7 weeks, you'll focus on the American legal system, paralegal ethics and legal interviews/investigations. You'll also learn how to draft legal documents. The second half of the program is dedicated to developing your skills in legal research, writing and advocacy techniques. The Outreach College also offers an advanced paralegal certificate program in addition to a course in advanced legal research and writing. Both are available online.

  • Program: Paralegal Certificate
  • Program Length: 14 weeks
  • Tuition and Fees: $12,467 for residents; $36,366 for non-residents (2018-2019)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 34,153 undergraduates and 9,944 graduates

Paralegal Studies Associate Degrees in the Tucson Area

Pima Community College

At Pima Community College, you can complete the paralegal associate degree program through day, evening or weekend classes. You'll take core courses covering ethics, civil litigation, legal research and civil/criminal evidence. You must also complete 15 credits of paralegal specialty electives in practice areas such as criminal law, real estate, corporate law, family law and bankruptcy. An internship experience is available as well. This coursework is the same as in Pima's certificate program, but it also includes general education requirements.

  • Program: Paralegal - Associate in Applied Science
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,142 for residents; $7,458 for non-residents (2018-2019)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 19,594 students (all undergrads)

Pima Community College and the University of Arizona - Outreach College are two schools in the Tucson area that offer paralegal studies programs.