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How Do I Start Paralegal Training?

Stephanie from the Center for Legal Studies discusses how to get started with the necessary training to become a paralegal. If you have questions about how to become a paralegal or want to learn more about our paralegal training programs, give us a call at 1 (800)... Read more

What Do I Need to Do to Become a Paralegal?

Actually the truth is very few paralegals in the country are certified. Certified is not the same kind of term in the paralegal world as it is in other industries. A long time ago, a couple of organizations, NALA, the National Association of Legal Assistants and NFPA, the National Federation of Paralegal Assistants came up with national exams and they actually trademarked the words certified and registered paralegal. There is really no national standard for paralegal training. Paralegals can gain those titles if sit for the exams but there are other criteria that you need besides your paralegal training. We’ll attack them one at a time. We’ll start with NALA. The National Association of Legal Assistants has been around for about 30 some years and they do have an exam that can gain you the title of certified paralegal. In order to qualify for that exam you will need the following things, a Bachelor’s degree in any field, doesn’t matter what it is combined with X number of hours in substantive legal training which is going to be equivalent to about an 18 month program or 360 clock hours which you can do by a 14 week online program. Once you complete their exam, if you’re successful in passing it which with your Bachelor’s degree, your general education and the legal training you should be able to do. You will be certified, you need to go back every year and be re-certified and take CEUs which are Continuing Education Units to maintain that certification. So that’s one pathway. The next way would be the National Federation of Paralegals, NFPA, they have two different exams. One is called the PACE exam, very similar to the NALA exam. You’d pay a fee, you need to have a Bachelor’s degree and a substantive number of hours invested in your legal training. Once you are successful in passing their exam, you can call... Read more

How Do I Become a Certified Paralegal?

Stephanie from the Center for Legal Studies discusses the steps you need to take to become a certified paralegal. If you have questions about how to become a paralegal or want to learn more about our paralegal training programs, give us a call at 1 (800)... Read more

Is There a Specific Degree Required to Become a Paralegal?

Paralegal is an unregulated profession, which means that you do not need a degree. Actually, unregulated in 49 states. There is one state in the US that does have regulations but it doesn’t include a degree. California’s regulation state that a paralegal must have so many hours invested in their training. It’s not degree in nature but they want to make sure you’re trained to do the job. For instance, you could go through a two-year, four-year program, which is obviously going to give you the training, or you could go through an online certificate program, which will give you enough hours to be in compliance with the California Business of Professions Code. Many students throughout the country look to California to be competitive. Students living in California planning to work there need to comply with the code. You need to make sure you have at least 360 hours in your training, students otherwise can go to work with a high school diploma and no training, I don’t know if anybody’s going to hire you because they want to make sure, again, you’re trained to do the job, but a certificate program is fully sufficient to go out and work. In fact that’s what a certificate says, is that you have been trained to do this job. Your degree says that you’ve got general education, which is absolutely valuable. The highest paid paralegals in the country are those that have a Bachelor’s Degree in anything, it doesn’t even matter what it is combined with a certificate in paralegal. To learn more about earning a paralegal certificate, visit our paralegal┬ácourse... Read more

Do You Need a Degree to be a Paralegal?

Stephanie from the Center for Legal Studies discusses if you need a specific degree to become a paralegal. If you have questions about how to become a paralegal or want to learn more about our paralegal training programs, give us a call at 1 (800)... Read more
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