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Become a Paralegal in Wyoming

The Bureau of Labor Statistics‘ (BLS) 2012 reports showed that 450 paralegals and legal assistants were employed in Wyoming. Their hourly mean wage was $19.67 and their annual mean wage $40,910, while those in the 90th percentile made as much as $55,320 per year.

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Although the BLS anticipates that paralegal positions nationwide will increase by 18 percent between 2010 and 2020, Wyoming is sparsely populated, and compared to many other states, it doesn’t have a lot of the companies that frequently use paralegals as support in legal matters. Also, crime is not as prevalent as in many other states, so there is not as great a need for paralegals for criminal attorneys. However, job candidates with a paralegal education often have a competitive edge in landing the legal positions that are available: Online job postings for legal assistant and paralegal positions in Wyoming often state that preference is given to candidates with a degree or certificate in paralegal studies and those that are nationally certified. In addition, because the law touches all walks of life, including ranching, mining, eco-business and other industries that are more prevalent in Wyoming, a paralegal education can be a benefit to individuals working not only in law firms, but also in a range of positions.

Paralegal Certification

At this time there is no mandatory licensing or certification requirements for paralegals in Wyoming, however national certification can be a big asset. An article in the Wyoming State Bar Journal highlights the importance of certification: “Designation as a Certified Legal Assistant (CLA), or Certified Paralegal (CP) is more than the pinnacle of professional achievement for individual paralegals. It is also a sound indication of proficiency to the attorneys, firms, and organizations that hire them.”

Where to Earn Your Paralegal Degree or Certificate in Wyoming

Paralegal Certificates

  • Casper College

    Founded in 1945, Casper College is a public, two-year college in the foothills of Casper Mountain. The town of Casper offers many of the amenities found in larger cities in a more tranquil setting, and the school was named one of the 10 Most Beautiful Community Colleges in America. Casper College offers a post-bachelor’s legal assistant certificate that trains students for employment as paralegals. Students become familiar with how to use Westlaw in legal research, the preparation of legal documents, the organization of trial notebook and other paralegal skills. This certificate program is designed to be completed in nine months.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $3,366 for state residents; $4,653 Western Undergraduate Exchange rate; $8580 for out-of-state students (based on 2013-2014 per-credit tuition)
    • Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree
    • ABA Approved: Yes
    • Format: On Campus

    Sample required courses:

    • Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • Criminal Law I
    • Paralegalism I & II
    • Legal Research I & II
    • Litigation Support
  • Laramie County Community College

    Laramie County Community College offers a certificate in paralegal studies for those who already have a bachelor’s degree and wish to work as paralegals. This program can be completed in three semesters. Through it, students learn to conduct legal research using both traditional and modern tools, gain interviewing skills, obtain core knowledge of the legal system and receive training in how to assist attorneys in the investigation and litigation processes.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $3,330 for Wyoming residents; $4,440 Western Undergraduate Exchange rate; $7,800 for out-of-state students (based on 2013 full-program tuition)
    • Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree
    • ABA Approved: Yes
    • Format: On Campus

    Sample required courses:

    • Introduction to Paralegal Studies
    • Business Law I
    • Evidence and Investigation
    • Civil Procedure and Litigation

Paralegal Associate Degrees

  • Casper College

    Casper College offers both an Associate of Arts in paralegal studies and an Associate of Applied Science in paralegal studies. Both programs are designed to train students to enter the paralegal profession or other professions where legal skills are an asset. Upon completion of these programs, students may also transfer to bachelor’s degree programs. Casper assists students in training for the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) exam with a review course offered each fall, and students are encouraged to take this exam upon completion of their associate degrees to enhance their credentials and employment opportunities.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $6,528 for state residents; $9,024 Western Undergraduate Exchange rate; $16,640 for out-of-state students (based on 2013-2014 per-credit tuition)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma or equivalent
    • ABA Approved: Yes
    • Format: On Campus

    Sample required courses:

    • Civil Procedure
    • Family Law
    • Law of Evidence
    • Litigation Support
  • Laramie County Community College

    Laramie County Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in paralegal studies that prepares students for the real-world requirements of daily legal work, including legal and factual research, using both traditional and modern research tools and assisting attorneys in the investigation and litigation processes. They also gain knowledge of the legal system, analytical skills and an understanding of ethical issues.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $3,792 for Wyoming residents; $5,664 Western Undergraduate Exchange rate; $11,376 for out-of-state students (based on 2013-2014 per-semester tuition for full-time students)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma, GED or completion of least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree
    • ABA Approved: Yes
    • Format: On campus

    Sample required courses:

    • Law Office Management
    • Probate Practices and Procedures
    • Constitutional Law
    • torts

Paralegal Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Post University

    Post University, based in Waterbury Connecticut, was founded in 1890 and is dedicated to staying ahead of the curve. Post University was one of the pioneers of online education, and U.S. News & World Report gave this school a spot on its 2013 list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. Post offers an online Bachelor of Science in legal studies that combines a comprehensive general education with a solid foundation in the law, legal concepts and practical skills necessary in the paralegal profession today. Classes are small and courses are taught by instructors with advanced degrees and experience in their fields. Technical support is available by phone, chat and email 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year.

    • 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:

    • Legal Writing
    • Civil Litigation Practice
    • E-Commerce: The Legal Context
    • Environmental Law & Practice

Professional Organizations

  • Legal Assistants of Wyoming (LAW) is a non-profit organization promoting continuing legal education and professionalism among paralegals in Wyoming. Student memberships are encouraged and LAW runs a mentoring program that serves as a resource for those making the transition from student to professional. Members benefit from a job bank, an informative newsletter, opportunities for and discounts on continuing education, increased professional standing in the community and networking opportunities with paralegals and other legal professionals.
  • The Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association is a charter member of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), and is headquartered in Denver. It represents paralegals throughout the Rocky Mountain region, serving those in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. In addition to being employed by law firms, corporations and government agencies, its members volunteer and provide pro bono legal assistance in the community.
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