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Keeping Our Distance Since 2006

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Aug 6, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Skepticism. Acceptance. Preference. Necessity.
The advancement of distance education at Center for Advanced Legal Studies

Over the past 15 years, we have witnessed the rise of distance education and its progression from being viewed with skepticism to acceptance, from acceptance to preference, and now, from preference to necessity. In 2006, no one at Center for Advanced Legal Studies (CALS) imagined that in little more than a decade we would go from having a few hundred campus-based paralegal students, with none online, to having no campus-based students and over two hundred online.

Empty classroom AdobeStock_295475753 webUnlike many educational institutions who scrambled to implement virtual learning as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, CALS was able to migrate all its campus-based students to online delivery in less than a weekend. It helped that by March 2020 five out of six students at CALS were already taking their classes online. The skepticism many previously felt regarding online classes had long since shifted to a strong preference for them, and those who selected campus-based classes chose them more as a matter of personal preference and convenience than from any concern over the effectiveness of distance learning. We miss being on campus and seeing our students, and we know they feel the same, but we continue to successfully educate and train students to become paralegals, just as we have since 1987.

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Topics: online classes, education and training, featured

Working and studying from home - a paradigm shift

Posted by James Scheffer

May 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM

COVID-19-school-lockdowns-and-remote-workingEveryone became acutely aware of a looming epidemic in the second week of March 2020. We watched numbers grow exponentially on an interactive map with ominous red bubbles moving from around the globe to our local areas. Our response was to spray Lysol, scowl at those who sniffled, sneezed or coughed; and wonder what would come next. Oh my!

Thankfully, I have not been infected by the COVID-19 virus, but I have been affected by its presence in our communities.

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Topics: online classes, career, education and training

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

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