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Paralegal Program Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We have prepared answer to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Paralegal Studies Program at Phoenix College.  Please review them and if you still have questions, contact us by email.

Yes. Phoenix College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Click here for details on accreditation.

Yes. The Paralegal Studies Program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1989. It is the only ABA-approved paralegal program in northern Arizona. 

The ABA approves programs that satisfy its Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs. Click here for more information on the ABA approval process.

We offer an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) and a Certificate of Completion (CCL).

If you have not yet earned your first college degree you must pursue the Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies (AAS).

If you already have earned your first degree, you must pursue the Certificate of Completion in Paralegal Studies (CCL).

If you are pursuing the Associate of Applied Science, all, or nearly all, of the general education courses (math, English, history, science, etc.) are available online. It can depend on specific classes. But in general, students should be able to take all general education courses online either through Phoenix College or one of our sister institutions in the Maricopa Community College system.

For paralegal-specific courses (any class that begins with "LAS"), due to COVID-19, those courses are currently offered ONLY online and this will be the case through Fall 2022. We expect to offer classes in-person starting in spring 2023. Both online and in-person options will remain available. For online paralegal classes, most of them meet live via the web once per week on set days and at specific times. Students are required to have a high-speed Internet connection and a computer with a web camera and microphone. Students must be online and visible on camera during the entire class session.

 

Phoenix College is not authorized to offer online classes to students residing outside of Arizona. If you have questions about out-of-state residency, contact Admissions: 602-285-7777
 

Paralegal-specific courses taken any place other than at Phoenix College will not transfer except as follows: Equivalent paralegal courses, as determined by the Paralegal Studies Program Director, taken at other institutions, will be considered for transfer credit if taken at a regionally accredited institution, within a Paralegal Program that was approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) at the time the courses were completed, and that were completed with a grade of B or higher within six (6) years of the date of admission or readmission to the Paralegal Studies Program; a maximum of six (6) semester hours of qualifying coursework can be transferred and applied to LAS101 and/or a paralegal (LAS) Restricted Elective course at Phoenix College. To see if a paralegal program is approved by the ABA, click here to search the ABA's directory of approved programs.

All paralegal-specific courses in the program must be taken and passed; there is not an option to “test out” of any paralegal-specific course.

Everyone that has not yet completed their degree must start in the Paralegal Studies Program as a degree-seeking student and cannot pursue the Certificate of Completion (CCL). You will not have to repeat classes like English, math, Science, etc. as long as you earn the degree. But you will have to establish eligibility as a degree student.

This means you will have to establish your eligibility for the program the same way as a student that has no college credit. See the FAQ "This will be my first college experience" for information on how to get started.

After you establish your eligibility to pursue the degree you can begin taking paralegal courses and when you finish your degree at the other college you can switch to the Certificate of Completion in Paralegal Studies. Unless you complete that other degree, you will not be awarded the Certificate of Completion even if you finish all of the courses for the Certificate. You must have a prior degree before the Certificate of Completion will be awarded; there are no exceptions.

See the FAQ "This will be my first college experience" for information on getting started.

The cost is a combination of three things:
1) Tuition, which is charged based on the number of credits for each course in the program;
2) Books and supplies, and;
3) Registration and course fees. 

The Certificate of Completion is 40 credits, and the Associate of Applied Science is 62-67 credits, depending on the math course you take and depending on whether you have to take the course in Critical Reading. Whether you have to take the course in Critical Reading depends on your placement score for reading.  The required math class can be taken as a 3, 4, or 5 credit version to suit the amount of additional instruction you need for the class and to help accommodate those who do better by having their math class spread out over more time.

If you need prerequisite courses, such as computer proficiency courses, or developmental math, reading, or English courses, those will be additional credits you will have to take.

Tuition for academic year 2022-2023 is $85/credit for Arizona residents. For the most current information on tuition rates and to determine whether you qualify for in-state Arizona resident tuition, click here.

Most classes are 3 credits. Books are an additional cost, and you should plan for approximately $150-$200 per class.  Some classes have more expensive books, some classes have less expensive books, some classes share/use the same books, and sometimes a class has no required book.  Also, some courses have additional lab fees.

Example 1: LAS109 - Civil Procedure I.

Tuition: The class is three credits so tuition for Arizona residents for 2022-2023 would be $85 x 3: $255

Books: This class has two books.  If you buy new books, the cost would be approximately $275.  However, the two books for this class are used in two different classes, so you buy the books once and they are used for two courses.  Also, there are usually used copies of the book, which are less expensive; also, there are often electronic versions of the book, as well as rental options, both of which are less expensive.

This class has a $35 lab fee.

Example 2: LAS229 – Litigation Technologies.

Tuition: The class is three credits so tuition for Arizona residents for 2022-2023 would be $85 x 3: $255

Books: This class shares two books that are required in LAS110, a course that is taken before LAS229. That means for this course, there is no additional book to purchase.

This class has a lab fee of $160.