Training Program

Credential(s) Offered

Associate's degree

Method of Delivery

Hybrid or blended

When offered

Daytime Hours, Evening Hours

Instructional Program (CIP)

Legal Assistant/Paralegal. 220302


Begin your career in the legal field! Earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies in as little as two years and be ready to land a job in providing support to attorneys, law offices, government agencies and corporations.

NWACC’s Paralegal Studies program will provide you with the knowledge, training, skills and values you need to become a highly competent, ethical paralegal who makes a positive contribution to the paralegal profession.

The college's curriculum and hands-on training prepares you to be successful in the legal field. Courses include litigation, family law, will and trusts, real estate law, business organizations, legal research and writing, as well as computers in the law. Classes are conveniently offered during the day, evening and online. 

With an associate degree in paralegal studies, you'll be able to perform the following:

  • Describe the ethical responsibilities of members of the legal profession

  • Explain the basic concepts and procedures of various areas of law within the U.S. legal system, including the operation of the U.S. legal system

  • Perform effective legal research utilizing traditional and digital research methodologies

  • Communicate with attorneys, clients, court personnel, and coworkers utilizing effective writing and oral communication skills

  • Draft and interpret various legal documents

  • Utilize technologies currently associated with the modern practice of law

  • Describe the functions related to the operation and management of a modern law office

  • Apply critical thinking skills to identify, analyze, and interpret legal and factual issues

Paralegal employment opportunities include working in law firms, court systems and offices, government agencies, corporations, health care facilities, real estate companies, financial institutions and more. 

Please note: While NWACC's Paralegal Studies program provides training for paralegals who are authorized to perform substantive legal work under the supervision of a lawyer, paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.




Entrance Requirements

High School Diploma or Equivalent


NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC)

WIOA Approved Program


Training Location(s)


Local WIB

5025 - Northwest

Name of Credential

Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies

Type of financial aid offered or have access to

Pell, Scholarships, loans

Refund Policy

Tuition and fee refunds will be issued to eligible students who drop their classes by the drop deadline, been dropped from a class, or a class has been canceled. See the Academic Calendar for the drop deadline for the current semester. 

Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?

Yes - ADHE

Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?


Cost Items

Books (Estimated)


In-State/District Tuition

$5,000.00 In-district refers to someone living within the Bentonville/Rogers school district.

Out-of-State/District Tuition

$10,000.00 Out-of-District or Contiguous refers to someone living in Arkansas, but not within the Bentonville/Rogers school district. Students who are current residents in Adair and and Delaware counties in Oklahoma, and Barry and McDonald counties in Missouri. Out-of-State residents refers to someone who has not lived in Arkansas for six consecutive months prior to the first day of class but are citizens or legal residents of the U.S.

Total In-State Program Cost


Total Out-of-State Program Cost


Demand Occupation(s)

23-2011.00Paralegals and Legal Assistants
$18.00 per hour

Provider Status



One College Drive, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

Phone Number

(479) 619-3127

Last Updated

Oct 20, 2023


Sep 17, 2020


Oct 20, 2024

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