EKU Paralegal Program

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Distinguish yourself in a growing profession

If you’re ready to pursue an exciting career in the legal profession, the Paralegal Program at Eastern Kentucky University is your first choice for the level of education and preparation you’ll need to stand out from the crowd.

The EKU Paralegal Program has the distinction of being approved by the American Bar Association, which means that EKU delivers a first-rate paralegal program that adheres to the quality standards required by the ABA.  Courses are taught by career teachers and legal professionals with Juris Doctorate degrees who are judges, practicing attorneys, and elected officials---a unique arrangement, which gives students direct access to experts in their fields

Even with the uncertainty of the economy, the employment outlook for paralegals is bright.  According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics*, the paralegal profession continues to grow at a pace quicker than the norm.  Although the job outlook is positive for this profession, applicants for these jobs should anticipate a significant increase in competition.  Paralegals who have formal training complemented by experience in the field are the most desirable candidates.

By combining a rigorous curriculum with internship opportunities, EKU’s program gives graduates a competitive edge for their job search.  Graduates of the EKU Paralegal Program are highly employable, with 70% of alumni reporting they have obtained jobs before graduation and 90% reporting they have secured a position within three months of graduation.  The credentials earned through EKU’s program are well respected in the legal community. 

A paralegal degree from Eastern Kentucky University is affordable and accessible.  Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available, and students in the Central Kentucky area can complete the entire program at the Leestown Road Campus of Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) campus in Lexington or EKU’s main campus in Richmond. 

If you’re interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree, the Bachelor of Arts (Paralegal Science B.A.) balances the study of law and paralegal skill with a thorough background of liberal arts.  Baccalaureate level paralegals have broad employment opportunities that may include law offices, community legal services programs, real estate, bankruptcy, medical malpractice, and product liability, and well as opportunities working with federal, state, and local government agencies, consumer organizations, and the courts.

If your goal is to enter the workforce quickly, the Associate degree program (Paralegal Studies A.A.S.) can be completed in approximately 21 month of full-time study.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program is structured for students who already hold a baccalaureate degree in an area other than Paralegal Science.  The Certificate program prepares students to enter the paralegal workforce within nine months (only two semesters) and focuses on practical paralegal skills, including legal research, legal administration, and the latest applications of technology in the law office.

The Minor in Paralegal Science is designed for students who want to enhance their chosen baccalaureate degree program with a strong background in law and paralegal skills.

*Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos114.htm