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Eric H. Happe

Director of Distance Education

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Paralegal Program Length: Is your paralegal program comprehensive enough?

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Nov 16, 2015 1:59:48 PM

Make sure the paralegal program contains at least 24 semester hours (38.4 CEUs) of skills-based paralegal training.

As a paralegal, you will work with attorneys who value higher education and have devoted a significant amount of time and expense to pursue a legal career. Your paralegal education will matter to them.

Is the program comprehensive enough to give you the skills, knowledge, and confidence you need to work alongside an attorney? One way to make certain is to evaluate the program length to insure adequate attention is paid to critical subjects areas. Further, recognized authorities in paralegal education have established minimum standards regarding program length. The State of California requires “the successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester, or equivalent, units in law-related courses and that has been accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization” as one criteria for a person to call themselves a paralegal.1

Your choice of a paralegal program will have a profound impact on your opportunities for success in the career. Since there is a wide range in the quality of programs, choose carefully. Give yourself the best possible chance to succeed in this exciting profession.2

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Topics: paralegal certificate, paralegal degree, education and training, featured

The Importance of Accreditation

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Nov 12, 2015 3:12:13 PM

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The first step to becoming a paralegal is to get your degree or certificate from an accredited institution.

What is accreditation? Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.1 Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency’s evaluation and that meet an agency’s criteria are then “accredited” by that agency.2

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Topics: online classes, paralegal certificate, credentials, education and training

Online Paralegal Certificate and Degree Programs - Live Classes!!

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Feb 11, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Part 2:  Web Conferencing (Live Paralegal Classes)

This series addresses some technical issues important for anyone thinking about taking paralegal classes online. In Part 1 of this series, I discussed the importance of Learning Management Systems. I would like now to discuss the synchronous component of our online paralegal classes, Blackboard Collaborate.

Some may think of online or distance learning as completely asynchronous, meaning students and instructors access course content at different times and post assignments and updates periodically. This is indeed an effective and necessary component of distance learning, but unfortunately doesn't provide the synchronous or real-time component many enjoy and expect when taking classes.

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Topics: online classes

Three Technologies That Make Our Online Paralegal Programs Successful

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Aug 29, 2012 4:12:00 PM

Eric H Happe

Eric H. Happe
Director of Distance Education
Center for Advanced Legal Studies


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Topics: online classes, career

There is a Better Way To Take Accredited Online Paralegal Classes

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Jul 16, 2012 4:13:00 PM

Paralegal Studies OnlineThe Center’s online teaching technology focuses on improving all aspects of paralegal education. The objective is to engage more students in exciting new ways, on their terms and devices. Professors can connect with students more effectively, so students stay informed, involved and collaborative. 

Paralegal student Amy Osterloh explained how the college’s online technology specifically helped her in one of her classes, “...after completing a degree (at) a 4 year university (and) years of real estate classes, this class has prepared and exposed me to more helpful information that I have been able to absorb and carry with me to the classes ahead.” She continued, “I absolutely love the online format, and my concern with not feeling close to the teacher and classmates due to a virtual classroom have been completely alleviated. I have grown close with my classmates, and even though we don't agree on everything, we are still able to have civil and mature debates on laws and issues that could be very polarizing.”

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Topics: online classes, technology

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