Legal Studies

This online program provides training for students interested in pursuing a paralegal career with law firms, government agencies and administration, legal justice organizations and the health care and insurance fields.

The program provides a blend of practical education and career training in legal writing/drafting, terminology, function of law, interviewing and trial preparation. Students can specialize based on their interest. Upon program completion, graduates will be well-prepared to enter the workforce. 


Fast Facts:

  • Two-year program for students who wish to earn and Associates of Arts degree.
  • One-year program for students who already have an associate's or bachelor's degree.
  • American Bar Association-approved certification.
  • Course credit available for LEG courses taken at other colleges.
  • The only legal studies program within the Montana University System.
  • Students complete a 90-hour internship, often paid.
  • Paralegals and legal assistant job positions are expected to grow 10% through 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Formally trained paralegals and legal assistants with strong computer and database management skills will have the best job prospects.
  • Median pay for those in paralegal profession is $52,920 per year.