Become a Paralegal in Idaho

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A reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that there were 890 paralegals and legal assistants employed in Idaho in 2012. Their annual mean wage was a comfortable $40,250. However, paralegals who are certified, and those who are more experienced and have more specialized skills made as much as $59,770. Even the lowest-paid paralegals (often, those who worked part time) made approximately $25,000. Furthermore, the BLS anticipates an 18 percent increase in paralegal and legal assistant positions nationwide between 2010 and 2020.

*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.

This positive outlook for the paralegal profession in Idaho is at least partially based on that fact that paralegals are increasingly being seen as a way for businesses, law firms, the government and court systems to maintain quality legal support while keeping costs down. Although paralegals are not attorneys and must work under the supervision of a lawyer, they can perform many of the daily tasks that attorneys used to perform.

The paralegal profession is both challenging and rewarding. Whether an individual is looking to enter the profession or is already a paralegal, the knowledge and skills that can be gained from a paralegal education can go a long way toward impressing employers.

Paralegal Certification

Currently there is no mandatory licensing or certification of paralegals in Idaho.

Where to Earn Your Paralegal Certificate or Degree in Idaho

Paralegal Certificates

  • Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC)

    Located in Lewiston, Lewis-Clark State College is a public school with a beautiful campus and small class sizes. Its 36- to 38-credit paralegal certificate program offers advanced legal and paralegal instruction for those who are already paralegals or who have prior legal experience. Prospective students should review the specific work and educational experience required for issuance of this certificate before applying.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $5,562 for Idaho residents; $8,730 for Asotin County residents; $15,476 for non-residents (based on 2013-2014 tuition for two semesters of full-time study)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma with GPA of 2.0 or greater; overall 2.0 cumulative GPA on all college transcripts; minimum ACT composite score of 17 or SAT combined score of 690 (if under the age of 21); successful completion of the established Idaho College Admission Core Standards set by the Idaho State Board of Education with a 2.0 GPA.
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: On campus

    Sample required courses:

    • Criminal Law
    • Professional Math Applications
    • Legal Support Fund & Ethics
    • Civil Litigation I & II
    • Legal Research & Writing I & II

Paralegal Associate Degrees

  • Brown Mackie College – Boise

    Brown Mackie‘s paralegal Associate of Science degree, offered at its Boise campus, gives graduates a core education in business law, family law, property law and criminal law. A “one course a month” schedule helps students remain committed and focused, and the program can be completed in 26 months. Brown Mackie has been a noted supporter of military members, their families and veterans.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $31,104 (based on 2013 full-program tuition)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma or equivalent
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: On campus
  • Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC)

    Eastern Idaho Technical College is a career-oriented school located in Idaho Falls. Its legal technologies Associate of Applied Science degree can be completed in two years if the student goes to summer school. Students benefit from small class sizes, experienced faculty, practical skills training, job placement assistance and a 150-hour internship.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $4,521 for state residents; $9,667 for out-of-state students (based on 2013-2014 full-program tuition and fees)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; COMPASS scores of 67 or higher in both reading and writing; other applicants may be accepted based upon review and evaluation of their education, interests, aptitudes and experiences
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: On campus

    Sample required courses:

    • Business Spreadsheets
    • Leadership I & II
    • Introduction to American Government
    • Introduction to Legal Assisting
    • Computer Information Systems
  • Idaho State University (ISU)

    Pocatello, Idaho is home to the main campus of Idaho State University. It’s there that this school offers an exclusive Associate of Applied Science in paralegal studies, which only admits 12 students each year. The program begins in August and is four semesters long.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $12,688 for state residents; $37,352 for out-of-state students; $19,032 for Western Undergraduate Exchange rate (based on 2013-2014 per-year tuition and fees)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; 2.5 or better cumulative GPA; math score of at least 18 on ACT or 490 on SAT; English score of at least 18 on ACT or 460 on SAT Critical Reading.
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: On campus

    Sample required courses:

    • Introduction to Paralegal Studies
    • Legal Ethics & Professionalism
    • Principles of Speech
    • Contract Law
    • Property Law
  • Lewis-Clark State College

    Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) offers an 96-credit Associate of Applied Science paralegal program that provides students with a broad general general education, as well as instruction in the legal system and in paralegal tasks including legal research and how to draft and prepare legal documents. This program is designed to help students develop organizational and critical thinking skills that can be applied in the legal office environment.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $17,352 for state residents; $26,856 for Asotin County Residents); $48,288 for out-of-state students (based on 2013-2014 per-semester tuition)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED, ACT or SAT scores; completion of the school’s legal assistant Associate of Applied Science program or legal office experience
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: On campus

    Sample required courses:

    • Legal Office Procedures
    • Business Writing
    • Legal Terminology
    • Tort Law
  • North Idaho College (NIC)

    A community college, North Idaho College (NIC) is located in the expanding lakeside city of Coeur d’Alene. NIC offers a paralegal Associate of Applied Science that prepares students for working in the legal environments. Students learn computer and software skills necessary in today’s legal offices, along with research, writing and organizational skills. The program includes an office skills capstone and a paralegal Internship. Career services are available.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $8,040 for state residents; $10,560 for out-of-district state residents; $13,020 for Washington residents; $15,360 for Western Undergraduate Exchange rate; $19,740 for non-residents (based on 2013-2014 per-credit tuition)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED, assessment requirements
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: Hybrid (on campus and online)

    Sample required courses:

    • Database/Access 1
    • Civil Procedures & Litigation
    • Legal Terminology
    • Criminal Law

Paralegal Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Post University

    With over 120 years of quality educational as its foundation, Post University now offers online education to those who wish to advance their knowledge and increase their career potential. U.S. News & World Report put Post University on its Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list. This university’s online Bachelor of Science in legal studies program encourages interaction with peers and focuses on on innovation, creativity and leadership. Students benefit from small class sizes and have access to both the University Writing Center and one-to-one tutoring.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $66,000 (based on 2013-2014 full-program tuition)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: Online

    Sample required courses:

    • Environmental Law & Practice
    • Legal Ethics
    • Legal Research
    • Bankruptcy Law & Practice
    • E-Government: The New Legal Environment of Business

Additional Paralegal Educational Program

Professional Organizations

  • The Idaho State Bar (ISB) a self-governing state agency to which all licensed attorneys practicing in Idaho must belong. “Model Guidelines for the Utilization of Legal Assistants” can be found on this agency’s website.
  • The Idaho Association of Paralegals (IAP) is based in Boise; it promotes high standards in the paralegal profession, goodwill and cooperation with local bar associations, networking on regional and national levels and involvement in statewide issues involving the profession. Members benefit from educational luncheons, a job bank, twice-yearly seminars, a bi-monthly newsletter and community service opportunities.
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