The paralegal studies program provides students with the knowledge and skills for entry into paralegal careers in a variety of professional settings. WCC offers an associate in science (AS) degree in paralegal studies (90-94 credits) and a certificate option (47-52 credits). Both prepare students for challenging career opportunities.

The certificate is designed for baccalaureate degree holders and can be completed in one year. It will be awarded to students upon completion of all certificate requirements and evidence of having earned a bachelor’s degree.

Effective fall 2014

Whatcom's paralegal studies curriculum was recently aligned to the standards outlined by the Washington Supreme Court. With both the degree and certificate options, students may pursue a general paralegal studies path or choose to specialize in family law.

Build a class schedule that works for you

The majority of core paralegal studies courses are offered in the evening to accommodate students with daytime obligations at work, home, or elsewhere. Many general education courses are offered morning, midday, evening and online for maximum flexibility. Schedule an appointment with an advisor for assistance with building a plan that is right for you.