How many years of college education does it take to become a paralegal?

It can take you 1-2 years to prepare for a paralegal career after high school. You must have some level of post-secondary education. You can opt for an associate degree in paralegal studies, a diploma, or a certificate in this field. The duration for each program will vary. An associate degree typically takes two years to complete whereas a certificate program can be completed in less than one year.