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Paralegals and Student Loans: Your First Steps Toward Repayment

Posted by Katie Fridsma

Aug 21, 2013 10:21:00 AM

So you’ve completed your classes, walked across the stage to receive your diploma, and you’ve been hired.  What’s next?  As you take the next steps in your life, an important thing to do is prepare to pay back your student loans.  paralegal with financial aid questions

At Center for Advanced Legal Studies, where I work in the Financial Aid department, students who complete one of our paralegal programs and apply for student loans receive the following information.  This way, they can take charge of their financial situation and begin planning early for their future and their loan repayment. 

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Topics: financial aid, career, education and training

The Top 4 Skills of a Successful Paralegal

Posted by Katie Fridsma

Aug 14, 2013 1:00:00 PM

Thanks to its recognition as a highly-skilled and hugely helpful profession, the paralegal career is gaining in popularity and becoming more in-demand.  A significant number of people are setting their sights on becoming paralegals because the job is rewarding and the career outlook is sunny.  Many people desire a legal career without the time and cost of law school.  Others desire to use a paralegal career as a helpful stepping-stone to becoming an attorney.

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Topics: paralegal certificate, paralegal degree, technology, career, online classes, education and training, paralegal skills

Transitioning from Military to Civilian? Consider a Paralegal Career.

Posted by James Scheffer

Aug 7, 2013 11:57:00 AM

The transition from military to civilian employment can be intimidating.  You may have made the decision to join the military for a myriad of reasons, including self-fulfillment, bringing discipline to your life, obtaining a career focus, or simply—but most importantly—service to our country.  Now that you have gained additional discipline and have fulfilled your service obligation, how do you best find continuing career focus and self-fulfillment in the private sector? 

Veterans choose a paralegal career

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Topics: paralegal degree, career, veterans and military, online classes, education and training

What Makes CALS Different from Other Paralegal Programs?

Posted by Katie Fridsma

Aug 1, 2013 1:24:00 PM

If you’re looking to begin a paralegal career, it can be a daunting task to try to choose where to get your paralegal education.  There are a lot of paralegal programs out there; how do you pick one?  Potential paralegal students are able to do a lot of online research and find out many details about different paralegal programs.  But how do you know what the school is really like and what your experience would be like there?  What makes one paralegal program different from another?

paralegal studentFolks, I have worked at Center for Advanced Legal Studies (CALS) for 8 months now, and I can assure you, CALS is a unique school.  I was initially hired at CALS as a temp, so even when I first began—unbiased and assumedly temporary—I was majorly impressed with this school, the paralegal programs offered, and the administration/staff.  When offered a permanent position here, I was beyond eager to continue working for CALS, because I saw how truly dedicated everyone was to the success of the CALS’ students and graduates.  I’ve worked as a legal administrator in the past and have learned a lot about other paralegal programs since working here, and let me tell you:  CALS is a cut above.  From an insider’s perspective, let me share with you a few things that make CALS different from other paralegal programs.

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Learn the Basics of a Paralegal Certificate Program

Posted by Katie Fridsma

Jul 26, 2013 2:42:00 PM

Paralegals can take several different paths to enter the legal profession.  These typically involve different levels of education, on-the-job-training, and certifications.  Where paralegals work and what specific tasks they perform, however, depends on the kind of skills, experience, and education they have.

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Topics: paralegal certificate, paralegal degree, graduates and alumni, online classes, career, certification, education and training

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