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Overborrowing for Education Could Prolong a Student Lifestyle

Posted by Doyle R. Happe, Director

Mar 28, 2024 8:00:00 AM

Impact of Student Debt - blog imageThe idea of attending college and graduating with a degree has long been an integral part of the American dream. Some argue that due to the rising costs associated with higher education, pursuing it is not worthwhile. However, studies have shown that people with a degree tend to earn significantly more over their lifetime than those without.1 A college degree is strongly correlated with higher earnings and better employment opportunities. This fact alone should make pursuing a degree worth considering.

Accredited colleges and universities offer several types of financial aid, one of which is the availability of federal loans that students can access to pay for higher education.2 Federal aid can also cover other necessary living expenses such as housing, transportation, food, clothing, childcare, etc. This is especially crucial for students struggling to balance personal expenses while still attending classes.

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Topics: financial aid, career, education and training

Paralegal Certificate vs Paralegal Certification - Let’s clear up the confusion!

Posted by Tami Riggs

Mar 12, 2024 8:00:00 AM

Certificate vs Certified 1200x700A paralegal certificate or degree is often required to qualify for paralegal job opportunities. Earning an academic credential significantly enhances employment opportunities for anyone seeking to diversify their career portfolio and showcase their qualifications for a legal position. Paralegals can obtain formal education through a training program like those available at Center for Advanced Legal Studies to earn a paralegal certificate or degree. Once paralegals have achieved a requisite level of education and experience, they may choose to seek a paralegal designation and become certified. Several national associations offer certification opportunities. However, paralegals who do not pursue certification through one of these associations are just as likely to enjoy long-term, career success. Paralegals are qualified to perform their responsibilities by completing an educational program, receiving training on the job, or through actual work experience.1 A distinct advantage exists for paralegals who begin their career by earning an academic credential. As they progress, certification can add value to the expertise previously acquired through education, training, and experience.

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Topics: paralegal certificate, paralegal degree, credentials, career, certification, education and training, featured

Celebrating 38 Years of Service to the Paralegal Community

Posted by Center for Advanced Legal Studies [CALS]

Mar 1, 2024 7:00:00 AM

38-yearsLast week marked 38 years that Center for Advanced Legal Studies (CALS) has supported, guided, and prepared students to become paralegals. For nearly four decades CALS has pushed its students to grow, believing every single one could find success, and providing them with the training to achieve it. The dedication and determination of many incredible people – our students and alumni – have made this continuous progress possible. They invested in their hopes, dreams, and career aspirations and believed that a paralegal education could transform their lives. And it did! CALS has instructed and inspired thousands of paralegals and has countless accomplished graduates. CALS has also benefited from the support of faculty, staff, and community partners. 

On February 23rd, 1987, the first group of 26 students (16 day students and 10 evening students) started classes on Richmond Avenue in Houston, Texas, beginning their study of law and embarking on a journey to become paralegals. Over the years, CALS has grown and transformed into a technologically savvy educational institution providing students with access to advanced learning technologies, tools, and resources.

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Topics: education and training, featured

Bachelor of Arts: Law and Business Degree Program

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Dec 13, 2023 11:30:06 AM

Law and Business Banner wo textCenter for Advanced Legal Studies (CALS) is excited to announce the availability of a new bachelor’s degree program designed specifically for paralegals and other legal support professionals. Classes in the Bachelor of Law and Business degree program begin January 29, 2024.

CALS has specialized exclusively in paralegal education and training since 1987 and has helped thousands of graduates enter this exciting and rewarding profession through the completion of accredited certificates and associate of applied science degrees. This new bachelor’s degree, intended primarily for graduates of paralegal programs at CALS and other accredited institutions, is designed to help paralegals enhance and advance their legal careers and to better qualify for opportunities in the commercial and business sectors.

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Topics: credentials, career, education and training, featured

Plagiarism Avoidance and Copyleaks

Posted by Center for Advanced Legal Studies [CALS]

Feb 23, 2023 4:15:00 PM

Plagiarism-CheckCALS holds academic honesty paramount for paralegal education. Students must learn to use citations when incorporating ideas and words from others and write with direct intent. To help students and faculty identify areas of improvement, CALS has partnered with a powerful plagiarism detection tool called Copyleaks. This tool will be available on submitted work through Canvas LMS beginning February 2023.

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Topics: online classes, education and training, students

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