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Traditional or Online: Great options for both are available

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Mar 16, 2017 3:34:43 PM

A little history about how we deliver Paralegal classes

In less than a decade we have witnessed a dramatic change in the preference incoming students have for attending paralegal classes. Up until 2006, students could only choose between morning and evening classes. Morning students attended Monday-Thursday from 8:00AM-12:00PM, and evening students attended Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-10:00PM.Library.png

In 2006 we introduced a hybrid evening program, where students attended their first 4 courses as usual, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday on campus, and then attended just one night per week in person while completing the balance of their studies online. This provided evening students relief from the three night per week schedule, while still incorporating a live classroom experience into their schedules. This program was very popular.

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Topics: online classes, education and training

It's here! Collaborate Ultra: Even better live online paralegal classes

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Jan 21, 2017 2:16:23 PM


Students and faculty at Center for Advanced Legal Studies have enjoyed using Blackboard Collaborate: Original Experience for live online paralegal classes for years. Now, we introduce the Ultra experience.
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Topics: online classes, technology, education and training

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

ABA Approved Online Paralegal Program?

Posted by Doyle R. Happe, Director

Nov 5, 2015 1:05:31 PM

 

Doyle R. Happe
Co-founder and Director
Center for Advanced Legal Studies

One of the requirements of attending and graduating from an ABA approved paralegal program is that you must complete a minimum of 10 semester hours on campus. Realistically, that means you must live close enough so you can drive back and forth.

But not always… One of our students flew back and forth from Atlanta to attend class on campus, another drove from Texarkana, an easy 5½ hour one way trip, several others traveled from Dallas, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Austin, etc. to attend weekend classes on our campus in Houston to comply with this 10 semester hour requirement. 

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Topics: online classes, career, technology, 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

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