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5 Ways Graduates Can Gain Employment Before They Have Experience

Posted by Katie Fridsma

Sep 25, 2013 10:11:00 AM

As someone who helps graduates find employment, the one question I get asked the most by students is “How am I supposed to gain experience when most employers won’t hire without it?”  Students in all schools face this dilemma when they near completion of their education.  Even students in paralegal programs.  So, how can you gain work experience when no one will give you a chance?

At Center for Advanced Legal Studies (CALS), students have the opportunity to complete an externship at a law firm or legal department in order to gain experience they can include on their resumes.  But not all schools provide this experience.  If not, don’t get discouraged.  Stay positive and pro-active.  Here are 5 ways you can escape the proverbial Catch-22 between experience and employment.  (Note: this blog post is aimed specifically toward paralegal students/graduates, but can apply to all college graduates!)

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Topics: paralegal degree, technology, graduates and alumni, career, paralegal externship, seminars and CLE, education and training

CALS Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools® Designation

Posted by Katie Fridsma

Sep 16, 2013 10:27:00 AM

ViCenter for Advanced Legal studies is military-friendly paralegal schoolctory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Center for Advanced Legal Studies to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Center for Advanced Legal Studies’ commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.  “The need for education is growing, and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”  Complete survey methodology is available at militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit.

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

Advance Your Career! One Student’s Journey to a Paralegal Certificate.

Posted by Katie Fridsma

Sep 11, 2013 10:32:00 AM

David Mosier had already been working as a paralegal for decades when he enrolled to be a student at Center for Advanced Legal Studies.  David was in the litigation support industry, and the job prospects were withering due to a declining economy.  As an independent contractor, it was becoming increasingly difficult to land jobs.

A Legal Background

Ironically, David's father is one of the most prominent real estate attorneys in Harris County.  Why did David not follow the well-worn footsteps of his father and become an attorney?

It certainly wasn't for lack of trying on his father's behalf.  When David was in high school, he would help out at his father's busy law practice.  He learned how the office ran and a little bit about the practice of law.  But David went to college for music education, until life happened and he needed to drop out of school to take care of his new family.  His father encouraged him to finish college and then go on to law school so David could carry on the family business. 

But David chose a different path to the legal field.  Since he already had a “mild background in the legal industry,” he and his brother started a litigation support business.  For 25 years, that was enough, but five children later, David needed better security and a chance to make a better living.

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

Five Reasons to Become a Paralegal

Posted by Katie Fridsma

Sep 4, 2013 10:07:00 AM

When people think about a law career, their first thought is often of lawyers and judges.  We often see these professionals dramatically depicted in popular films and TV shows as they question witnesses, uncover evidence, and cast verdicts.  But you'd be mistaken if you thought the legal profession was limited to judges and attorneys.  Paralegals make up a significant sector of careers in the law field, assisting attorneys every step of the way.

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Topics: career

Be an Indispensable Paralegal: One Graduate’s Story

Posted by Katie Fridsma

Aug 28, 2013 10:31:00 AM

"As a paralegal, become indispensable."  These are the words of Center for Advanced Legal Studies’ Academic Dean, Tom Swanson, to a class of new paralegal students which includes Andrea Keprta.  Andrea looks up, waiting to see if another story is on the way.  "Let me give you an example," says Swanson, and the students put down their pens and drop their hands from their keyboards to listen, riveted as one of their favorite instructors relates matters of the law and the paralegal profession.An indispensable paralegal

Today, the days of classes, homework, and group studying at Center for Advanced Legal Studies are behind Andrea, who proudly received her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies at the February 22, 2013 graduation ceremony.  And she has been happily employed in as a paralegal ever since.

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Topics: paralegal degree, graduates and alumni, career, education and training

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