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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

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

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

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

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