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Paralegal Studies FAQ's

Paralegal Studies

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.

Number of Majors: 34
Average Class Size: 18
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Online Only
Program Location(s): All Iowa Western Campuses & Centers

Q:

What makes this program unique compared to other Paralegal programs?
 

A:

Paralegal classes are only offered online, which not only makes the program more convenient for students but also helps students enhance necessary computer and time-management skills. In addition, students become very familiar with online legal libraries. However, it should be noted that online classes are not suited for everyone. To find out if online classes are for you, check out the Iowa Community College Online Consortium web site.

Q:

Which classes should I take in high school to prepare for this program?
 

A:

This program requires a lot of reading, writing, and research, so high school students should take as many English courses as possible. In addition, they should work on research skills.
 

Q:

Are Iowa Western credits transferrable?
 

A:

Yes. In fact, this program is specifically designed to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Because the majority of Iowa Western students intend to transfer, we offer a variety of resources for our transfer students. To begin your transfer planning early, visit Iowa Western's Transfer Planning web site

Q:

Do I have to follow the recommended course sequence?
 

A:

No, you can take most courses in any order you like, and you can enroll part-time or full-time. However, the program chair recommends that students follow this sequence as closely as possible. The program is designed to allow students to graduate in two years while completing the credits required for most Bachelor degree programs at four-year colleges and universities.
 

Q:

Are scholarships available?
 

A:

Iowa Western awards more than $1.5 million in scholarships each year. Visit our Scholarship Page for more information.