Become a Paralegal in Georgia

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With 2.31 paralegals employed per every 1,000 residents, the prospects for paralegals in Georgia are some of the highest in the country; over 8,800 paralegals were employed there in 2012. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), paralegals in the state can make as much as $75,000 per year, with an annual mean wage of $50,540. The hourly mean wage is $24.30.

*Whether you’re looking to earn an undergraduate degree in preparation for the Certified Paralegal Exam, or ready to advance your career with a master's degree in legal studies, accredited online programs make it easier than ever to get the education you need:

Washington University School of Law offers an online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program. This 12-month master's degree allows paralegals to gain in-depth knowledge of US Law. The program can be completed without relocating or leaving your job. No GRE or LSAT scores required.

With no less than 10 Fortune 500 companies in the Atlanta area alone, including Home Depot, United Parcel Service (UPS), Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Southern, Genuine Parts, First Data, Sun Trust Banks, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Newell Rubbermaid, it is no wonder that Georgia is an excellent place for a paralegal to excel. The legal business that these and other companies generate helps ensure that exceptional professional skills are in high demand.

Paralegal Certification

There is no mandatory paralegal certification in Georgia. 

Where to Earn Your Paralegal Certificate or Degree in Ohio

Paralegal Certificates

  • Clayton State University

    Clayton State University offers a paralegal certificate program at its main campus in Morrow, only 15 miles from Atlanta. This 30-credit hour course of study focuses on practical skills with an emphasis on legal terminology, research and writing and substantive law, and is taught by attorneys who bring expertise gained from real-world experience to the classroom.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $4,624 for state residents; $16,826 for out-of-state students (based on 2013-2014 per credit hour tuition) 
    • Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree or at least 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours), including 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) in general education
    • ABA Approved: Yes
    • Format: On campus; several online or hybrid courses are offered

    Sample required courses:

    • Introduction to Law & Ethics
    • Criminal Litigation
    • Business Organizations
    • Legal Research & Writing
    • Civil Litigation
    • Real Estate Law
  • University of North Georgia (formerly North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College)

    The University of North Georgia (UNG) offers a paralegal studies certificate program that not only teaches students practical application of the law, but also helps them expand their analytical, communication and organizational skills. Ethics, confidentiality and professional responsibility are the foundations of this 33 credit-hour course of study. All classes are held in the evening at the school’s Gainesville campus.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $3,210 for state residents; $11,854 for out-of-state students (based on fall 2013 per credit hour tuition)
    • Prerequisites: Associate degree or bachelor’s degree
    • ABA Approved: Yes
    • Format: On campus

    Sample required courses:

    • Introduction to Paralegalism and Ethics
    • Legal Research & Writing
    • Civil Procedure & Litigation
    • Criminal Procedure & Litigation

Paralegal Associate Degrees

  • Athens Technical College

    Although Athens Technical College‘s Associate of Applied Science in paralegal studies program is designed to allow students to earn their degree by taking morning classes, students can also complete this program through a combination of evening, Saturday and online classes. This 69-semester hour course of study includes classes in substantive law, procedural law and ethics, while stressing understanding, reasoning and practical application.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $22,632 for state residents; $45,264 for out-of-state students (based on 2013-2014 per credit hour tuition)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; valid COMPASS, ASSET, SAT or ACT test scores
    • ABA Approved: Yes
    • Format: On Campus or hybrid (on campus and online)

    Sample required courses:

    • Law Office Management
    • Tort Law
    • Family Law
    • Legal Research & Legal Writing
  • Georgia Piedmont Technical College

    Georgia Peidmont Technical College‘s Associate of Applied Science in paralegal studies can be earned at its DeKalb campus (in Clarkston) and its Newtown campus (in Covington). The teaching staff has over 80 years of combined experience in various legal fields, and an advisory committee of legal experts regularly reviews the program to retain its quality and relevance. Students learn the practical skills needed to assist attorneys while developing strong oral and written communication skills. Both day and evening classes are offered, and some classes can be completed online.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $5,865 for Georgia residents; $11,730 for U.S. residents; $23,460 for non-residents (based on per credit hour tuition) 
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; satisfactory COMPASS, ASSET, SAT or ACT scores
    • ABA Approved: Yes
    • Format: On campus or hybrid (on campus and online)

    Sample required courses:

    • Introduction to Computers
    • Legal Research and Legal Writing I & II
    • Family Law
    • Law Office Management
    • Civil Litigation

Paralegal Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Clayton State University

    Clayton State University‘s Bachelor of Science in legal studies is a cost-effective program that allows students to gain an understanding of substantive law while acquiring practical skills, honing their analytical thinking and benefiting from a broad liberal arts education. It’s geared toward both students looking to work in fields that are affected by law and legal regulation and those planning to pursue graduate study.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $18,497 for state residents; $67,304 for out-of-state students (based on 2013-2014 per credit hour tuition)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma; GPA and ACT/SAT score requirements also apply (see the school’s admissions requirements for details)
    • ABA Approved: Yes
    • Format: On campus or hybrid (on campus and online)

    Sample required courses:

    • Computers in Law
    • Civil Litigation
    • Business Organizations
    • Legal Research & Writing 
  • South University

    South University offers a Bachelor of Science in legal studies at its Savannah campus, both as a completely on-campus program and as a partially online course of study. This is a program for people interested in legal proceedings, the legal system or investigation, as well as anyone looking for a liberal arts education with a core foundation in the law. It’s designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in legal fields.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $72,360 (based on 2013 full-program tuition)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; minimum combined SAT I score of 900, a combined ACT score of 19 or a satisfactory score on the university-administered admissions examination
    • ABA Approved: Yes
    • Format: On campus or hybrid (on campus and online)

Additional Paralegal Educational Programs

Professional Organizations

  • The State Bar of Georgia provides Advisory Opinions on the ethical and legal uses of paralegals and legal assistants by attorneys. Paralegals may also take advantage of this organization’s of Fast Case webinars with tutorials tailored to the needs of paralegals.
  • The Southeastern Association of Legal Assistants promotes growth and development in the paralegal profession. They hold monthly meetings at which speakers offer presentations on trial preparation, employment law, court procedures, discovery issues and with other areas pertinent to the working paralegal. They also host annual seminars, offer group support and networking opportunities and are involved in the community. Members have access to a job bank.
  • The Georgia Association of Paralegals (GAP) is open to paralegals, students in paralegal programs and individuals and organizations associated with the legal profession. Members receive GAP publications, can take part in networking opportunities with other paralegals and members of the legal community and can take advantage of discounts from many businesses and on events co-sponsored by GAP. GAP also awards at least one PACE® scholarship annually.
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