EUGENE, Ore., April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published a ranking of the 25 Best Online Paralegal Programs for 2017.
Law firms and corporate legal departments are relying more heavily on paralegals, as cost-savings measures, to perform tasks once routinely handled by attorneys. Accordingly, the pay is competitive, especially compared with other jobs that require an associate's degree or certificate, with an average salary of $49,000 a year. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that almost 280,000 paralegals and legal assistants are working in the US.
"We've ranked the 25 best online paralegal programs in the US, most of which are certificate programs for students who already have achieved a college degree and are looking for a career change," Christian Amondson, Managing Editor of College Choice, said of the ranking. "However, some of these schools also have associate's or bachelor's degree options for those who are just starting their educational journey."
College Choice developed its list by looking at both academic quality as well as return on investment—a weight of tuition against expected early career salary.
The ranking for the 25 Best Online Paralegal Programs for 2017 finds Duke University in the top spot. Rice University is in second, and James Madison University rounds out the top three.
The entire ranking, listed in alphabetical order, is as follows:
Eastern Kentucky University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Illinois State University
James Madison University
Loyola University Chicago
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
University of Georgia
University of Great Falls
University of Miami
University of North Carolina
University of San Diego
William Woods University
College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make finding the best colleges for different interests easier and more fun, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.
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SOURCE College Choice