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What will I learn?

You will learn to investigate, draft legal documents, and research legal precedent under the direction and supervision of an attorney. Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), our paralegal program provides skilled instructors and 40 years of educational excellence to give you the tools to begin your career in a private law firm, corporate legal department, or government agency. Class times are compatible with the needs of working professionals, with many classes offered online or on campus in late afternoon and early evening.

You can take one of two tracks in our ABA-approved program. If you have an associate of arts, associate of science, or bachelor’s degree from an accredited school, then our Paralegal postsecondary certificate is the path for you. If you do not have a degree, then our Associate of Arts degree with emphasis in paralegal studies is right for you.

Paralegals may not provide legal service directly to the public, except as permitted by law.


JCCC’s Paralegal program takes a practical approach to the law and education. As you learn fundamentals of the law, you also will put what you have learned into practice. Assignments mimic situations you might experience as a paralegal and give you the opportunity to build an online portfolio to show future employers. The program also helps you develop research, writing, analytical, and communication skills.

All of our full-time instructors have juris doctor degrees, and our adjunct instructors are practicing paralegals or attorneys. You will have the opportunity to talk with legal experts, such as representatives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as watch the legal process at work on campus when the Kansas Court of Appeals hears oral arguments at JCCC every spring. A great way to make career connections is by completing a paralegal internship or joining one of the local paralegal professional organizations.

The department’s 10-person advisory board is made up of educators, and of paralegals and attorneys from local governmental and private sectors. The board monitors the program and provides insight on emerging trends and opportunities in the field, helping to ensure the program is current, well-designed, and student-focused.

New! Beginning Fall 2020, we will offer online hybrid courses for students who want the best of both worlds:

  • Real-time interaction with faculty and fellow students on a regular schedule, and
  • Flexibility to login to class sessions from remote locations and to submit class assignments, projects, and tests online.

Online hybrid courses are taught live online, meaning synchronous (real-time) interaction with your professors and fellow students in an online environment. This terminology may be changed in the future, but the concept will remain the same. We are excited about this new opportunity and look forward to serving the needs of our students and the legal community in providing this new option, along with the existing course format options students that students already enjoy.

JCCC Paralegal Program Goals

Our graduates should be able to demonstrate:

  • Competency in the fundamental principles and procedures relating to the major areas of law in the United States; 
  • An understanding of the ethical standards of the legal profession; 
  • Effective general and legal technology skills; 
  • Effective communication skills used in a legal setting; 
  • The ability to collaborate effectively in a legal setting; and 
  • The ability to retrieve, evaluate and apply legal authority.
Holly Manlove, Paralegal Program graduate
"I got my associate's degree at JCCC and really liked the school and the instructors. The instructors care about the students and do everything they can to help them succeed. I am currently a senior paralegal for a large pharmaceutical company where I draft contracts, so I'm constantly using legal writing skills. I am also involved in any litigation we have. This takes attention to detail and the ability to be highly organized, which are things I learned while taking classes in the paralegal program."
This is a selective admission program. See how to apply

Paralegals work in businesses such as law firms, banks, real estate agencies, and life insurance companies, as well as nonprofit agencies and organizations. Employment opportunities are expected to grow by 17 percent in Kansas by 2024, according to the Kansas Labor Information Center. Paralegal positions are anticipated to increase as law firms seek to provide more cost-effective legal services.

A paralegal degree or certificate is important for moving ahead in your career in law, as many paralegal employers require a degree, certificate, or substantial experience in the field. JCCC’s program has been educating paralegals in the Kansas City market for more than 40 years. Our reputation for producing graduates prepared to work in the field on day one will help you achieve your career goals.

The U.S. Department of Labor compiles statistics on paralegal careers. You'll find information specifically related to careers in Kansas, including salary information and the job prospects.

Download the Parlegal Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

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Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.