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Become a Paralegal in Maine

Although Maine isn’t a large state, 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports show that 1,140 paralegals and legal assistants were employed there, making an hourly mean wage of $22.22, and an annual mean wage of $46,210. Even paralegals working part time or in positions with lower salaries could make $30,000 a year and those working in prime positions or who worked overtime made as much as $60,000. Additionally, the outlook for the paralegal profession nationwide is promising: the BLS predicts an 18 percent increase in paralegal positions between 2010 and 2020.

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Featured Programs

*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:

Business in Maine is growing and with growth comes opportunities. Legal services are now needed in every walk of life. Thirteen Maine companies were named in Inc. magazine’s 2013 list of fastest-growing companies. The growth of companies like Vets First Choice (which provides pharmacy services for vets), Provider Power (an electricity provider), CashStar (digital gift cards) and others are all good signs, not only for the economy as a whole but also for paralegals.

Job search companies like Simply Hired show that paralegal skills are preferred or required for a variety of positions, from assistants in law offices to tax professionals to jobs in local courts. This range of roles provides not only job opportunities, but also many options that allow those with paralegal skills to seek personal career satisfaction.

Paralegal Certification in Maine

There is currently no mandatory licensing or certification for paralegals in Maine.

Where to Earn Your Paralegal Certificate or Degree in Maine

There are currently no ABA approved paralegal programs in the state of Maine.

Paralegal Certificates

  • Kaplan University

    Kaplan University’s Pathway to Paralegal postbaccalaureate certificate is designed for individuals who have already earned a degree and wish to add to their legal knowledge or transition to a legal career. This program teaches legal ethics and concepts, and fosters practical paralegal skills as student learn to apply to these concepts. The faculty is comprised of legal practitioners and students benefit from their experience and feedback. Seminars and discussion boards make this online program engaging.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $13,356 (based on 2013 full-program tuition)
    • Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: Online

    Sample required courses:

    • The Paralegal Professional
    • Civil Litigation
    • Introduction to Legal Research
    • Legal Ethics
    • Law Office Management
  • University of Maine at Augusta

    The 21-credit hour postgraduate certificate in paralegal studies offered by the University of Maine at Augusta covers practical knowledge, ethical standards and analytical reasoning within the legal profession. Student learn legal research, become familiar with case studies, statutes and regulations and gain skills in information management, document preparation, deed registries and estate management.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $4,557 for state residents; $5,691 for out-of-state online students (based on 2014 per-credit tuition)
    • Prerequisites: Associate degree, bachelor’s degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited university or college
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: Online

    Sample required courses:

    • Legal Research & Materials
    • Principles of Litigation
    • Professional Responsibility
    • Estate Administration

Paralegal Associate Degrees

  • Husson University

    Husson University provides a quality education with small class sizes on a beautiful 208 acre campus. Its Associate in Science paralegal program emphasizes analytical skills, good oral and written communication skills and core legal knowledge. Students have access to Westlaw and will visit courts, law offices, law libraries and the Registry of Deeds, in addition to pursuing an internship in a specialty of interest to the student. Classes are held at its Westbrook campus on weekday evenings and Saturdays, and on the Bangor campus during the day and in the evening.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $30,504 (based on 2013-2014 annual tuition)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: On campus

    Sample required courses:

    • Intro to Paralegal Studies
    • Criminal Law
    • Introduction to Wills, Estates and Trusts
    • Civil Litigation
  • Kaplan University

    Kaplan University‘s Associate of Applied Science in paralegal studies is available online and at its Augusta, Lewiston and South Portland campuses. This program covers substantive areas of law and is taught by legal professionals with real-world experience. Students learn legal research methods, investigative techniques, oral and written communication skills and trial and litigation preparation. The program’s internship gives student practical experience, while adding to their resumes and helping them make contacts within the legal profession.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $33,390 for online students; $25,200 for on-campus students (based on published 2013 full-program tuition)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma, GED or home-school certificate
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: On campus or online

    Sample required courses:

    • Introduction to Legal Research
    • Introduction to Legal Analysis & Writing
    • Legal Ethics
    • Civil Litigation

Paralegal Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Husson University

    Husson University‘s Bachelor of Science in paralegal studies is a balanced program that combines core legal courses with a liberal arts education. Courses cover critical thinking, organization skills, written and verbal communication, legal research, legal writing, computer applications, ethics, interviewing and investigation and law office management. Students have multiple opportunities for learning outside of the classroom, including internships and a legal studies organization.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $61,008 (based on 2013-2014 annual tuition)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: On Campus

    Sample required courses:

    • Introduction to Wills, Estates, and Trusts
    • Microcomputer Spreadsheet Applications
    • Business Law I & II
    • American National Government
    • Introduction to Ethics
    • Criminal Procedure
  • Kaplan University

    Kaplan University‘s Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies is a quality program covers substantive law and practical legal skills, and includes general studies courses to ensure that graduates are well-rounded. Students learn modern legal research techniques used in compiling information for cases and develop analytical skills for sorting and applying that information to the legal process. They also develop communication skills for use in interviewing clients and witnesses, and learn about functioning efficiently in the legal environment.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $66,780 (based on 2013 full-program tuition)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma, GED or home-school certificate
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: Online

    Sample required courses:

    • Real Estate Law
    • Introduction to Legal Analysis & Writing
    • Advanced Legal Writing
    • Tort Law

Paralegal Organizations

  • The National Association of Legal Assistants· Paralegals (NALA) promotes professional development programs for paralegals and offers continuing education programs. It offers professional certification for paralegals, holds an annual conference, provides leadership development programs and conducts occupational research, as well as offers publications including study guides, the NALA Manual for Paralegals and a journal.
  • The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) is a nationwide alliance of paralegal organizations. NFPA was the first national paralegal association and today it includes over 50 paralegal associations and over 9,000 members. It keeps abreast of changes in the paralegal profession and the law. Strong strategic alliances make being a member an asset when needing continuing legal education, up-to-date information on regulations and contacts with other paralegals in many specialties. NFPA created the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam® (PACE®) and the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam™ (PCCE™).
  • NALS of Maine is associated with NALS, Inc., a national nonprofit organization for legal professionals that emphasizes education; it has four local chapters throughout the state. Members can take advantage of networking opportunities, a job bank, newsletters, members-only insurance and discounts on a number of services.

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