Becoming a Paralegal in Washington State

Paralegal TacomaHow to become a paralegal in Washington?

You’ll have to have a minimum of an associates degree, 45 credit hours by an ABA-approved program (American Bar Association).

Below are some of the seven courses you will need to take in order become a paralegal.

  • Contracts
  • Law Office Procedure
  • Professional Responsibility

When it comes to paralegal certification in Washington state, there is no requirement for you to become registered, certified or licensed.

“It is an important distinction to make, as a paralegal can only become certified on a national level after completing an elective certification program”

The above quote was taken from the Washington state paralegal guide, which you can find here.

Colleges with Paralegal Programs.

There is a local Tacoma community college paralegal program that is two years ( an associates degree) and it’s ABA approved.

Fun fact from their site: Washington is the first state in the County that allows paralegals to advise clients on specifics of law as long as the educational requirements are meant.

You can visit their paralegal course page here and download the list of courses you’ll be taking including prerequisites, requirements, and more.

The University of Washington paralegal program.

If you’re looking to get your certificate in paralegal studies, the University of Washington offers an 11month course at their Seattle Campus and online. See some of the requirements below…

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of College-level work in English or test scores may be submitted in place.
  • Skills that are related to the field, and the ability to work independently, manage projects, pay extra attention to detail and be proficient.

To read more information on their paralegal program, visit here.

After meeting education requirements and becoming eligible as a paralegal.

You’ll be able to offer Paralegal services, become a paralegal volunteer or go on to expand your career.  There are plenty of opportunities after achieving the first step in becoming a paralegal in Tacoma or Washington state.

For an additional read, check out how much a lawyer can make in Tacoma?

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