Paralegal Program

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Program Statistics

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

USD's Paralegal Program awards a post-baccalaureate certificate.
Three options for length of study are available: 3.5, 7, or 11 months.

Related Occupations
Paralegal Legal Assistant
Real Estate Paralegal Legal Analyst
Paralegal Specialist Certified Paralegal
Immigration Paralegal Litigation Paralegal
Corporate Paralegal Lawyer's Assistant

See the U.S. Department of Labor's O*NET occupational profile.

Program Cost

Total average estimated costs for the entire program completed in normal time.
— Total tuition and required fees: $6,200
— Books and supplies: $1,350
— Total annual room and board charges: no on-campus housing available for paralegal students

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Debt at Program Completion

264 students completed the program between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.
158 (60%) of them completed with student loan debt.

Median cumulative debt for these students, including borrowers and non-borrowers:
— Federal student loans: $7,750
— Private loans $0
— Institutional financing plan: $0

Program Completion in Normal Time

USD's paralegal program can be completed in three different time options:
— Day Specialist program: 3.5 months
— Extended Day Specialist program: 7 months
— Evening Generalist program: 11 months

264 students completed the program between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.
238 (90%) of them completed the program within the normal time of their program option.

Job Placement
Job placement rate for the 264 program completers is 74%.
Who is included in the placement rate?
All students who completed the program between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 are included in the calculation.
What type of jobs?
All jobs included are in the field of paralegal studies. Positions that recent completers were hired for include: Paralegal, Legal Assistant, Junior Paralegal, Case Assistant, Assistant to Patent Agent, Social Security Advocate, Patent Technical Writer, Litigation Paralegal, Conflicts Assistant, Investigative Representative (DEA), Intellectual Property Assistant, Case Manager, Special Education Legal Specialist, Lease Processor, Case Administrator, Records Supervisor.
When were they employed?
Statistics are based on program completers who were employed within 180 days of graduation and were employed for at least 13 weeks.
How were graduates tracked?
Graduates were emailed and personally called by phone.
What agencies (state or accrediting), if any, is this rate reported to?
The program is approved by the American Bar Association.