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Paralegal Today, the leading independent, national magazine for the paralegal profession, has appointed Elona M. Jouben, MPS, to the position of Managing Editor. Jouben has been promoted from her previous position as associate editor. She replaces Patricia E. Infanti who has served as managing editor since 2014 and will remain connected to the magazine as [ ]

kCura has opened submissions for the 2017 Relativity Fest Student Scholarship, which brings students to one of the e-discovery industry’s largest user conference, taking place take place in Chicago on October 22-25, 2017. Both undergraduate and graduate students from law schools and paralegal programs approved by the ABA are eligible to apply for the scholarship [ ]

Survey: One In Five Lawyers Plans To Hire Paralegals In Next 12 Months MENLO PARK, Calif. March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ Skilled paralegals may find more job opportunities available to them this year. One in five lawyers (21 percent) interviewed by Robert Half Legal said their law firm or company plans to increase hiring of paralegals [ ]

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Shearer elected officer of paralegal organization Cherylan Shearer, has been elected secretary of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and director of operations. Shearer will serve a two-year term ending in 2018. Shearer is a corporate paralegal at the law firm of Yoder Ainlay Ulmer Buckingham LLP in Goshen. She has been with the [ ]

Alexandria Tech Community College Paralegal Program Named 8th Best Online Program March 2017 Alexandria, MN –Alexandria Technical and Community College announced its online Paralegal Studies program was ranked 8th by BestColleges.com, a leading provider of higher education information and resources. The Paralegal program is part of the ATCC School of Business, and it [ ]

KWM 2.0 touts paralegal roles to trainees who had training contract offers cancelled King Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) new London office is touting paralegal roles to aspiring lawyers who secured training contract offers with the old firm, but had these offers cancelled when it went under. Earlier this year and after much speculation, KWM’s beleaguered [ ]

USC brings Paralegal Studies Program to Charleston area The University of South Carolina will soon expand the availability of its Paralegal Studies Certificate Program to the Charleston area with courses offered at the Lowcountry Graduate Center. The program initially will be offered via 2-way video with instructors based in Columbia, with the potential for [ ]

SCC Paralegal Program receives approval from state bar DOBSON — Surry Community College recently received recertification approval from the North Carolina State Bar in order to continue as a designated qualified Paralegal Technology Program for the next five years. The Paralegal Technology curriculum at Surry prepares individuals to work under the supervision of attorneys [ ]

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Kennesaw State’s Continuing Education establishes new Paralegal Advisory Board KENNESAW — The College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University has strengthened their Paralegal Certificate program with the establishment of a new advisory board. The seven-member volunteer board brings together some of Cobb County’s eminent law figures: District Attorney Vic Reynolds, Superior [ ]

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Online Paralegal Certificate Programs

One of the most exciting things about being a working professional in this day and age is that education options are being catered specifically to you. In the past, if you were working full time and wanted to pursue additional schooling, you would need to find a way to attend school in person during the working day. With the advent of online learning and the increasing demand for personalized and efficient education options, the working professional now has more schooling options than ever before.

If you are currently in the workforce and are interested in changing career paths by pursuing a paralegal certificate, there are many online options. Online options are also available for those who have recently graduated from a college degree program and are looking to add a paralegal certificate to their resume. Online paralegal certificate programs are a great option for today’s busy world because they offer professional instruction in the basics of being a paralegal, and give you the option of conveniently completing your training from your own home.

Types of Online Paralegal Programs

The main differences in types of online paralegal programs are the outcome of the course of study. Students who complete an online paralegal program may receive a paralegal certificate, associates degree in paralegal studies, or a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies. The differences between all of these online programs are described in detail below.

Online Paralegal Certificate Programs

In order to pursue a paralegal certificate program, most schools require that students have already obtained either a two or four year degree. If you already have a degree and are looking for a relatively quick way to get into the legal profession, an online paralegal certificate may be right for you.

Online paralegal certificate programs typically take anywhere from 9 to 18 months to complete. They can be completed on a full or part-time basis. Many online certificate programs are designed for parents or working professionals, offering flexible online learning that takes place during evenings or weekends. In a typical certificate program, students learn the most important basics of the paralegal profession such as legal writing and research, professional communication, and legal ethics. A paralegal certificate is not the equivalent of a paralegal degree, but it is a great way to learn the basics in order to try for entry level jobs and begin working as a paralegal. Potential future employers will likely look more favorably upon a candidate with some paralegal education than a candidate with none. A certificate can give you the edge you need in the job market.

Online Associates in Paralegal Studies Programs

If you have not yet obtained any kind of college degree and you would like to become a paralegal, a program which offers an associates degree may be a good choice for you. If you pursue an associates degree full-time, it will usually take about 2 years to complete. Many community colleges and online universities offer online associates degrees in paralegal studies or legal studies. The flexibility and convenience of online learning cannot be matched by in-person schooling. Pursuing an online degree allows you to take care of your coursework at times that are convenient for you. Some programs even give you the option of going at your own pace to complete your degree. Online learning may involve real-time video lectures, or pre-recorded lectures. It may also include web-based chats with fellow students and professors. The specifics for each online program will vary; however, the general idea behind offering online classes is that they give traditional and non-traditional students additional education options to help make a degree more achievable.

Online Bachelor’s in Paralegal Studies Program

If you do not have previous college credit, or you already have an associates degree, you may be interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree program in legal studies or paralegal studies. A typical bachelor’s degree program takes about four years of full-time schooling to complete. Many colleges and universities offer online bachelor’s programs for those interested in becoming paralegals.

Unlike a certificate program, associates and to a greater extent bachelor’s degree programs, will likely require students to complete some general classes over the course of their studies. Some typical general courses required may include social sciences, economics, mathematics, humanities, or statistics. These types of courses provide a well-rounded education and may help students further develop communication and critical thinking skills. Students often complete these courses before they move on with more specified legal and paralegal coursework.

Unlike a certificate program, associates and to a greater extent bachelor’s degree programs, will likely require students to complete some general classes over the course of their studies. Some typical general courses required may include social sciences, economics, mathematics, humanities, or statistics. These types of courses provide a well-rounded education and may help students further develop communication and critical thinking skills. Students often complete these courses before they move on with more specified legal and paralegal coursework.

Online bachelor’s degree programs (and sometimes associates programs) may include an internship as a part of the required course of study. The internship would be the only part of the program that would not be completed online. An internship as a paralegal student can be an incredibly valuable experience. It is worth the hassle of attempting to work your regular job and also work internship hours as it may give you a leg up when looking for a future job as an entry-level paralegal because it provides some job experience.

In most states, with the exception of California, there are no special requirements or certifications necessary in order to practice as a paralegal. In theory, one could work as a paralegal with no specific legal or paralegal training. In practice, however, the chances of landing a paralegal job with no experience or education are quite slim.

If you are hoping to become a paralegal but have no way of getting legal job experience, obtaining a certificate or degree is an exemplary way to become qualified for a potential paralegal position. When a law firm is seeking to hire a paralegal they will consider many factors, but education and experience may be the most influential. Paralegals work alongside attorneys and assist them with all types of projects. From client management, to legal writing and drafting, paralegals must be prepared for a wide variety of tasks. Education in the legal field will help you become more thoroughly prepared to perform the tasks required of a paralegal.

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A two-year program offering day and evening classes, it’s designed to prepare a student for employment as a legal assistant or paralegal.

Approved by the American Bar Association since 1976, Paralegal Studies at Rose State is a two-year program offering day and evening classes.

A paralegal is an individual who is educated and trained to assist a practicing attorney. Paralegals, also called legal assistants, perform a wide variety of duties and tasks which are professional in nature, distinct from routine clerical tasks. A primary responsibility of a paralegal is to relieve the supervising attorney of routine duties so that the attorney is able to use his/her time in more complex areas of the case. Proper use of a paralegal/legal assistant enables an attorney to handle a heavier case load and increase productivity, thereby resulting in the delivery of legal services to a client more efficiently and economically.

The Paralegal Studies Program is designed to prepare the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to gain employment as a paralegal/legal assistant and/or to allow the student to advance to positions of increasing responsibility in the legal field. The program is not offered to train attorneys or legal administrators. Objectives of the program are:

  • To provide practical training in legal skills supported by substantive legal theory;
  • To instruct students in legal specialty courses to enable students to perform tasks specific to particular areas of law;
  • To inform students of ethical responsibilities of the legal profession; and
  • To educate students to the role of the paralegal in the delivery of quality services within ethical limitations applicable to a paralegal’s function in the legal profession.

The Paralegal Studies Program is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education; it is dedicated to providing quality education and current technological skills so that graduates can find employment in the legal community or in a law-related field.

A person in the Paralegal Studies profession CAN :

  • Interview clients and witnesses
  • Draft pleadings and documents
  • Perform legal research
  • Write legal memoranda and briefs
  • Research public records
  • Prepare discovery requests and responses
  • Prepare exhibit lists
  • Assist the attorney at trial
  • Provide case management
  • Perform law office management tasks

A person in the Paralegal Studies profession CANNOT :

  • Give legal advice
  • Accept cases or set legal fees
  • Represent a party in court

ALL legal services performed by a paralegal must be supervised by an attorney.Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Program Admission Requirements

Option I:
• High School transcript or GED certificate and transcript
• ACT Reading score of 19 or COMPASS Reading Test score of 83
• Eligibility for English Composition I

Previous or concurrent enrollment in Engl 1113 is a prerequisite for LS 2813, Legal Research and Writing I

Option II:
• College transcript(s) reflecting 15 credit hours or more with a 2.5 grade point average or better or an ACT Reading score of 19 or COMPASS Reading Test score of 83
• Eligibility for English Composition I

Previous or concurrent enrollment in Engl 1113 is a prerequisite for LS 2813, Legal Research and Writing I.

Work Setting

Paralegals work in offices for:

  • Private law firms
  • Banks and corporations
  • Public service corporations
  • Federal, state, and local government

Tools Materials

Paralegals work with:

  • Public records, court documents, and other research materials
  • Legal and business documents such as titles, contracts, and mortgages
  • Court cases
  • Computers and software applicable to their area of specialty
  • Clients on a daily basis

Career Skills

Paralegals should be able to:

  • Reason clearly and logically
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in speech and writing
  • Be responsible, ethical, and motivated
  • Perform detailed work
  • Analyze information
  • Plan and organize work

Pros and Cons

Positive aspects of the career:

  • Working with people as well as data
  • The variety of the work
  • The ability to work on a temporary or freelance basis

Negative aspects of the career:

  • Performing detailed work tasks
  • Keeping up with changes in laws
  • Working long hours when under pressure to meet deadlines

Career Information

For more information regarding the Paralegal Studies profession, contact:

National Association of Paralegal Studies
1516 S. Boston, Suite 200
Tulsa, OK 74119-4013
(918) 587-6828 FAX (918) 582-6772
http://www.nala.org

Central Oklahoma Association of Paralegal Studies s (COALA)
Membership Chairperson or Recruitment Chairperson
P. O. Box 2146
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-2146
www.coala.com

The Career Services Office in the Professional Training Center can provide you with more detailed information on the paralegal profession, job markets, salaries, etc. For additional information, contact the Career Services office at (405) 733-7488.

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Paralegal Certificate, Certification and Certified: What s the difference?

This blog is going to cover paralegal certificates, but first I want to make sure that you understand the distinction between a certificate and being certified or having certification. The easy way to remember it is that schools do not offer certification they offer certificates; having a certificate or degree can lead to being certified or attaining certification. In other words, the certificate or degree comes first. Certification requires taking qualification exams through state agencies or paralegal associations, along with meeting any other educational or professional guidelines mandated by the certificate-granting association, state or agency. For example, two national professional associations that offer a paralegal (or legal assistant) certification credential are the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA).

*Whether you’re looking to earn an undergraduate degree in preparation for the Certified Paralegal Exam, or ready to advance your career with a master’s degree in legal studies, accredited online programs make it easier than ever to get the education you need:

What is a paralegal certificate and how does it compare with a degree?

Types of Paralegal Certificate Programs

Most paralegal certificates are post-baccalaureate programs. In other words, they re for students who already have a bachelor s degree or, at the very least, an associate degree. This degree doesn t necessarily have to be in paralegal studies: you can have a bachelor s degree in business, fine arts, political science or pretty much anything. The main thing is that you have a higher education foundation that includes humanities, math, English and social sciences, and have developed reading, writing and communication skills that you can draw upon in your professional life. A post-baccalaureate certificate program can help you reach the next level of professionalism as it often lends itself to specialization in a specific area in this case paralegal studies.

A few paralegal certificate programs can be completed right after high school. It is very important to distinguish between the two types of programs: post-baccalaureate programs are more like graduate programs, whereas programs that can be completed right after high school provide more of a technical continuing education with little or no general education to round out the course of study.

There is a definite advantage to entering the workplace with a general education under your belt in addition to legal classes, and many employers specifically require an associate or bachelor s degree as a prerequisite for employment. However, if you need to enter the workforce right away, are already working straight out of high school and want to add paralegal skills to your resume for potential advancement or simply do not have the funds for a degree, then a certificate program that does not require a bachelor s or associate degree as a prerequisite may be for you.

What s Required

Certificate programs generally require anywhere from 18 to 45 credit hours. Since many, or even most students are already working, these programs are frequently set up so that they can be completed through night or weekend classes and/or on a part-time basis. Many certificate program can be completed within a year, even on a part-time basis, although most schools accommodate students by allowing them to take longer to complete a program.

Post-baccalaureate programs vary in what areas of the law they cover, but most include legal research, legal writing, an introductory course in paralegalism, substantive law and a choice of courses in specialty areas of the law. Some schools offer multiple paralegal certificate options. For instance, some post-baccalaureate certificate programs offer emphases in areas like nursing paralegal, criminal law paralegal, business paralegal or educational paralegal. Within each of these programs are a few courses that focus on the law as it applies to that specialty.

One great thing about these post-baccalaureate programs is that the students who apply to and complete these programs are generally older, more mature, have some work experience and are extremely motivated to excel in their chosen profession. These programs are definitely on a higher rung on the educational ladder than technical certificate programs, and as such are seen by potential employers as recognizable and valued achievements.

The Role of a Certificate in Certification

The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), one of the two main nationwide paralegal associations, requires that those who take the Certified Paralegal examination to become a Certified Paralegal have a paralegal education. Specifically, they require:

  • Graduation from a paralegal program that is:
  • (a) Approved by the American Bar Association; or
  • (b) An associate degree program; or
  • (c) A post-baccalaureate certificate program in paralegal studies;
  • (d) A bachelor s degree program in paralegal studies; or
  • (e) A paralegal program which consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours (900 clock hours or 90 quarter hours) of which at least 15 semester hours (225 hours or 22.5 quarter hours) are substantive legal courses
  • Alternative qualifications call for a bachelor s degree in any field, plus a year of paralegal working experience or seven years of working experience as a paralegal.

Thus, if you already have an associate or bachelor s degree and complete a post-baccalaureate certificate program you meet the educational requirements for taking the Certified Paralegal examination, and with a qualified score on that exam you gain the designation of Certified Paralegal or Certified Legal Assistant. Law Offices, corporations and other employers recognize this as a milestone of professional excellence and certification is frequently a preferred prerequisite for many paralegal positions. (NALA also offers an Advanced Paralegal Certification for those who already Certified Paralegals.)

Choosing a Paralegal Certificate Program

Certificate programs that offer specialized tracks can be excellent options for those who are seeking job fulfillment through specific areas of the law. For example, you may wish to become involved in ecology, and with a certificate track in environmental paralegal studies you will most likely find that the doors of NGOs with environmental missions will open wider for you. And, because the law impacts insurance, medical facilities and other areas of medicine, including drug companies, individuals who already have nursing degrees can graduate from nursing paralegal certificate programs and find paralegal positions in those fields because of their specialized knowledge.

A certificate program is an excellent choice for working individuals who are looking to make a career change, whether within their field or in uncharted territory. It can also serve as an good opportunity for those considering law school as it enables students to get their feet wet in the legal field.

Paralegal certificate programs can even benefit those who don t aspire to be working paralegals. Because the law impacts every aspect of our society, anyone who adds legal knowledge to their portfolio is also creating potential for advancement in their current job.

Things to consider when looking for a certification program that fits your needs and goals include:

  • Are you looking for a simple technical certificate or a post-baccalaureate program?
  • Are you looking for a program with specialized tracks?
  • Is your undergraduate degree already in legal or paralegal studies? If so, does the certificate program cover new ground that will allow you to expand you knowledge or will it simply rehash what you have already learned?
  • If you didn t cover legal studies in your undergraduate degree, does the certificate program offer the basics of legal research, analysis, writing, substantive law, technology and management?
  • What other obligations do you have, whether work or family, that will affect the demands on your life and what accommodations does the school have that will fit with your schedule? How long do you want to take to earn your certificate?
  • What are the professional credentials and experience of the faculty?
  • What resources does the school have in terms of research tools, classrooms, online accessibility and job placement programs?
  • How much do you want to spend?

With answers to these basic questions you are sure to find a school that can provide you with a quality education that meets your needs and helps you achieve your specific career goals.


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“JOBS”: The work that a person does regularly in order to earn money.

At the Washington Online Learning Institute our one mission is to put people back to work.

We keep this in mind in every action we take from course development though final placement.

Today’s workforce is consistently changing and so must those who prepare workers to enter into it. Skill based education is the most efficient and cost effective way to put people back to work. It takes the shortest time and is the most affordable. WOLI delivers that by providing skill based education, focused on in- demand careers, identified by the Department of Labor. WOLI doesn’t stop there; we leave the option to address the college opportunity, with standalone College Credits available for most programs. As a Regionally Accredited institution, WOLI guides your educational journey, by understanding the way adults want to learn and how they learn the best

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WOLI National Job Bank and Career Planning

WOLI continually supports our students through the career planning process. To do this, WOLI has embarked on a better way to actively get people back to work. WOLI’s jobs program combines the cost effective and efficient aspects of accredited skills-based training with a proactive employment partnership that relies on initial student assessment and predictive behavior analysis. When a WOLI student enrolls in one of our programs, that student enrolls, at the same time, in a partnered national job bank that matches future employment with the chosen skill. Each student will progress through a series of benchmarks designed to achieve gainful employment.

Once a career direction has been established and they are placed into the WOLI job bank, a timeline will be developed to assist each student for entry to the workforce. Part of the preparation will include courses that deal with skills that are required to be successful both in preparation for and being On-The-Job. These skills include, Business Skills, Communication Skills, Customer Service Basics, Interviewing Techniques, Networking, Problem Solving, Resume Preparation, Social Media Awareness, and Time Management. These programs are included in our career planning and are provided at no additional charge.

To ensure that every student is not only well trained but well positioned for a job, we will be providing the student with a program that ensures they put their best foot forward when searching for employment. Through a partnership with BrandYourself we will help to ensure that each student will have a positive online footprint.

Accreditation

The Washington Online Learning Institute is regionally accredited as a postsecondary institution by the Middle States Association – Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Questions regarding our accreditation status can be directed to WOLI or to MSA at 3624 Market Street, 2 West; Philadelphia, PA . Telephone: 267-294-5000, Fax 610-617-1106, or email at [email protected]

Accreditation and How It Affects You

Accreditation is important to Washington Online because it demonstrates to our entire community of faculty, staff and students that, as an educational institution, we adhere to the highest standards of excellence in our course preparation. Accreditation is important to you because it provides assurance that the integrity a schools programs and transcripts have been validated.

Funding Your Education

At Washington Online, we understand that one of the biggest questions tied to furthering your education is funding. We have developed a series of high quality; low cost career training options to help you to achieve your career goals. We offer a number of financing options to assist with tuition payments, including no-interest installment plans, and active participation in government programs like:

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How to Become a Paralegal: Paralegal Schools & Careers

The paralegal profession is competitive and exciting with a wide range of careers and specific fields from which to choose. Education and training requirements vary by region, field, and between companies, but usually involve a minimum of two years of post-secondary study, sometimes culminating in an associate degree, as well as experience. Students can also earn certifications, a bachelor’s degree and even a master’s degree in paralegal studies.

This comprehensive guide includes information and data on education and training as well as key facts about salaries, job prospects and more.

What Does a Paralegal Do?

Paralegal Career Basics

Many paralegals work full-time in private firms, government agencies or corporate legal offices. They handle a broad range of administrative and research duties under the supervision of attorneys. For example, during the course of a day, they may organize and maintain legal files or draft documents, deliver or retrieve documents from the courthouse and conduct intensive legal research in preparation for court. Paralegals also investigate the background facts of cases, organize evidence and documents for attorneys to review, accompany lawyers to court, and manage schedules with witnesses and experts. Specific responsibilities can vary greatly, depending on the department, office or firm in which a paralegal works. Those who work for large firms might handle only one phase of a case, while those in smaller firms could work a case from beginning to end.

Paralegal Career In-Depth

Much like lawyers, paralegals can choose to specialize in a certain type of law, which can determine the actual tasks they will spend most of their time doing. Criminal law paralegals, for example, may prepare clients for trial, interview witnesses, research legal precedents pertinent to a case, and must have a wide knowledge of criminal legal issues.

Paralegals working in a corporate setting will assist in legal business transactions for companies, compose employee contracts, prepare financial reports and maintain benefit plans. Immigration paralegals typically work for government organizations, but can also be employed by a firm. They obtain foreign documents, research immigration case laws, prepare paperwork for citizenship and deportation, and handle client concerns. Specialists in labor law review and prepare contracts between companies and their employees, handle litigation from disputes in the workplace, and help to represent businesses or workers.

Paralegal Salaries

Paralegals work full-time and earned a median wage of $46,990 in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top 10 percent of paralegal jobs pay $75,410 or more per year. Those who work for larger firms or in larger cities tend to earn more than paralegals who work for small firms. The highest annual wages were found in the federal government, followed by finance and insurance, then local governments.

Top 5 Highest Earning States/Areas for Paralegals

Annual Mean Wage, BLS 2014

What Do Related Occupations Make?

Having an understanding of what related occupations earn can help current and potential students and graduates get a better idea of what they can expect to earn if they pursue a career as a paralegal or transition to another field. Related occupations will perform similar administrative duties as paralegals such as document preparation, filing and organization, and/or work in legal settings such as law offices, corporate legal departments, courtrooms or government agencies. Below are the 10th, 50th, and 90th percentile for wages of jobs related to and including paralegals.

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Survey: One In Five Lawyers Plans To Hire Paralegals In Next 12 Months MENLO PARK, Calif. March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ Skilled paralegals may find more job opportunities available to them this year. One in five lawyers (21 percent) interviewed by Robert Half Legal said their law firm or company plans to increase hiring of paralegals [ ]

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Alexandria Tech Community College Paralegal Program Named 8th Best Online Program March 2017 Alexandria, MN –Alexandria Technical and Community College announced its online Paralegal Studies program was ranked 8th by BestColleges.com, a leading provider of higher education information and resources. The Paralegal program is part of the ATCC School of Business, and it [ ]

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Paralegal Certificate, Certification and Certified: What s the difference?

This blog is going to cover paralegal certificates, but first I want to make sure that you understand the distinction between a certificate and being certified or having certification. The easy way to remember it is that schools do not offer certification they offer certificates; having a certificate or degree can lead to being certified or attaining certification. In other words, the certificate or degree comes first. Certification requires taking qualification exams through state agencies or paralegal associations, along with meeting any other educational or professional guidelines mandated by the certificate-granting association, state or agency. For example, two national professional associations that offer a paralegal (or legal assistant) certification credential are the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA).

*Whether you’re looking to earn an undergraduate degree in preparation for the Certified Paralegal Exam, or ready to advance your career with a master’s degree in legal studies, accredited online programs make it easier than ever to get the education you need:

What is a paralegal certificate and how does it compare with a degree?

Types of Paralegal Certificate Programs

Most paralegal certificates are post-baccalaureate programs. In other words, they re for students who already have a bachelor s degree or, at the very least, an associate degree. This degree doesn t necessarily have to be in paralegal studies: you can have a bachelor s degree in business, fine arts, political science or pretty much anything. The main thing is that you have a higher education foundation that includes humanities, math, English and social sciences, and have developed reading, writing and communication skills that you can draw upon in your professional life. A post-baccalaureate certificate program can help you reach the next level of professionalism as it often lends itself to specialization in a specific area in this case paralegal studies.

A few paralegal certificate programs can be completed right after high school. It is very important to distinguish between the two types of programs: post-baccalaureate programs are more like graduate programs, whereas programs that can be completed right after high school provide more of a technical continuing education with little or no general education to round out the course of study.

There is a definite advantage to entering the workplace with a general education under your belt in addition to legal classes, and many employers specifically require an associate or bachelor s degree as a prerequisite for employment. However, if you need to enter the workforce right away, are already working straight out of high school and want to add paralegal skills to your resume for potential advancement or simply do not have the funds for a degree, then a certificate program that does not require a bachelor s or associate degree as a prerequisite may be for you.

What s Required

Certificate programs generally require anywhere from 18 to 45 credit hours. Since many, or even most students are already working, these programs are frequently set up so that they can be completed through night or weekend classes and/or on a part-time basis. Many certificate program can be completed within a year, even on a part-time basis, although most schools accommodate students by allowing them to take longer to complete a program.

Post-baccalaureate programs vary in what areas of the law they cover, but most include legal research, legal writing, an introductory course in paralegalism, substantive law and a choice of courses in specialty areas of the law. Some schools offer multiple paralegal certificate options. For instance, some post-baccalaureate certificate programs offer emphases in areas like nursing paralegal, criminal law paralegal, business paralegal or educational paralegal. Within each of these programs are a few courses that focus on the law as it applies to that specialty.

One great thing about these post-baccalaureate programs is that the students who apply to and complete these programs are generally older, more mature, have some work experience and are extremely motivated to excel in their chosen profession. These programs are definitely on a higher rung on the educational ladder than technical certificate programs, and as such are seen by potential employers as recognizable and valued achievements.

The Role of a Certificate in Certification

The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), one of the two main nationwide paralegal associations, requires that those who take the Certified Paralegal examination to become a Certified Paralegal have a paralegal education. Specifically, they require:

  • Graduation from a paralegal program that is:
  • (a) Approved by the American Bar Association; or
  • (b) An associate degree program; or
  • (c) A post-baccalaureate certificate program in paralegal studies;
  • (d) A bachelor s degree program in paralegal studies; or
  • (e) A paralegal program which consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours (900 clock hours or 90 quarter hours) of which at least 15 semester hours (225 hours or 22.5 quarter hours) are substantive legal courses
  • Alternative qualifications call for a bachelor s degree in any field, plus a year of paralegal working experience or seven years of working experience as a paralegal.

Thus, if you already have an associate or bachelor s degree and complete a post-baccalaureate certificate program you meet the educational requirements for taking the Certified Paralegal examination, and with a qualified score on that exam you gain the designation of Certified Paralegal or Certified Legal Assistant. Law Offices, corporations and other employers recognize this as a milestone of professional excellence and certification is frequently a preferred prerequisite for many paralegal positions. (NALA also offers an Advanced Paralegal Certification for those who already Certified Paralegals.)

Choosing a Paralegal Certificate Program

Certificate programs that offer specialized tracks can be excellent options for those who are seeking job fulfillment through specific areas of the law. For example, you may wish to become involved in ecology, and with a certificate track in environmental paralegal studies you will most likely find that the doors of NGOs with environmental missions will open wider for you. And, because the law impacts insurance, medical facilities and other areas of medicine, including drug companies, individuals who already have nursing degrees can graduate from nursing paralegal certificate programs and find paralegal positions in those fields because of their specialized knowledge.

A certificate program is an excellent choice for working individuals who are looking to make a career change, whether within their field or in uncharted territory. It can also serve as an good opportunity for those considering law school as it enables students to get their feet wet in the legal field.

Paralegal certificate programs can even benefit those who don t aspire to be working paralegals. Because the law impacts every aspect of our society, anyone who adds legal knowledge to their portfolio is also creating potential for advancement in their current job.

Things to consider when looking for a certification program that fits your needs and goals include:

  • Are you looking for a simple technical certificate or a post-baccalaureate program?
  • Are you looking for a program with specialized tracks?
  • Is your undergraduate degree already in legal or paralegal studies? If so, does the certificate program cover new ground that will allow you to expand you knowledge or will it simply rehash what you have already learned?
  • If you didn t cover legal studies in your undergraduate degree, does the certificate program offer the basics of legal research, analysis, writing, substantive law, technology and management?
  • What other obligations do you have, whether work or family, that will affect the demands on your life and what accommodations does the school have that will fit with your schedule? How long do you want to take to earn your certificate?
  • What are the professional credentials and experience of the faculty?
  • What resources does the school have in terms of research tools, classrooms, online accessibility and job placement programs?
  • How much do you want to spend?

With answers to these basic questions you are sure to find a school that can provide you with a quality education that meets your needs and helps you achieve your specific career goals.


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What Universities Have Paralegal Studies Degrees in Miami, FL?

Find schools in Miami, FL, offering paralegal studies programs and courses. Learn about program requirements and estimated costs in order to make an informed education decision. Schools offering Paralegal degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Are you interested in researching what paralegal studies certificates or degrees are available in the Miami, FL, area? Four local schools award certificates and degrees in paralegal studies.

What You Need to Know

You can most commonly locate paralegal studies programs in Miami, FL, at the certificate, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree levels. You might enroll in programs through 4-year public and private universities. Certificate programs take 4-6 months to complete, while associate’s degree programs take 2-3 years, depending on your course load. Bachelor’s degree programs usually last four years. Certificate programs may be taken online and often require you to already hold a degree in another field. Keep reading for more information on certificate, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree paralegal options in Miami.

Paralegal Certificate Programs in the Miami, FL, Area

University of Miami

The University of Miami offers a certificate program in paralegal studies through its continuing education division. The program is offered in both online and classroom formats and includes training in legal terminology, ethics, deposition preparation, client advocacy, arbitration, witness interviewing and legal research.

The university also offers more than 20 specialist certificate programs to further your training. Available programs include topics in criminal law, family law and bankruptcy law. To enter a specialist certificate program, you must have a certificate, associate’s or bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies. Prospective students with a degree in another field and 5 years of paralegal experience can also apply.

  • Program Name: Certificate of Completion in Paralegal Studies
  • Program Length: About 4-6 months
  • Tuition and Fees: $45,724 per year (for 2015-2016)
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; about 11,175 undergraduate and 5,499 graduate students

Paralegal Associate’s Degree Programs Near Miami, FL

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College offers this associate’s degree program at its Wolfson campus in downtown Miami. The American Bar Association (ABA) approves the program’s curriculum, which includes topics in wills and trusts, trial preparation, torts, family law and office management. You must also complete a series of seminars in a legal specialty. Available topics consist of ethics, computer-assisted legal research, immigration law and real estate closing. An internship or practicum during your final semester completes program requirements.

  • Program Name: Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies
  • Program Length: 2 years, full-time; 3 years, part-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,834 per year for in-state residents; $9,661 per year for out-of-state residents (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 4-year, public (primarily associate’s); approximately 66,046 undergraduate students

Broward College

Broward College is located less than 25 miles from Miami. The school offers an ABA-approved associate’s degree program in paralegal studies. Some of your required courses could include legal writing, civil litigation, psychology and immigration law. Electives are available in constitutional law, personal finance and business law.

  • Program Name: Associate in Science in Legal Assisting (Paralegal Studies)
  • Program Length: 2 years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,753 per year for in-state residents; $8,875 per year for out-of-state residents (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 4-year, public (primarily associate’s); about 44,119 undergraduate students

Paralegal Bachelor’s Degree Program Near Miami, FL

Nova Southeastern University

Located less than 20 miles north of Miami, Nova’s ABA-approved bachelor’s degree program includes required courses in torts, civil litigation, family law and corporate regulation as well as advanced topics in real estate, legal research, wills and trusts. Your electives could also cover topics in debtor relations, elder law and legal technologies.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree in another field, the university also offers a 1-year post-baccalaureate certificate program. Coursework includes many of the introductory topics found in the 4-year program.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $27,660 per year for full-time undergraduate students (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; around 4,699 undergraduate and 19,449 graduate students

To summarize, the University of Miami offers a certificate in paralegal studies, Miami Dade College and Broward College offer associate’s degrees in this field, and Nova Southeastern University offers a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies.

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Welcome to the National Paralegal Association SM Website

The NPA is an international organization offering benefits and services to individuals, law firms, corporate legal departments, independent paralegals, paralegal training schools and colleges as well as those offering services or products to those involved in the paralegal profession.

Membership categories include:

  • Pre-student
  • Student
  • Regular
  • Associate and paralegal school membership.

Members are employed by:

  • Law firms
  • Government agencies
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Trade associations
  • Armed forces
  • Educational institutions
  • Self employed as independents.

* If you wish a response to your email, you must provide your name, firm name & complete mailing address.

Publications include those directed to a person exploring career entry into the profession or for the established paralegal, either employed by a firm or in independent practice. Some current titles include:

  • Career Guide
  • Local and/or Paralegal School & College Directory
  • Legal Placement Agency Directory
  • Legal Publishers Directory

The Paralegal Employment Network is open to individuals seeking employment or relocation. Position openings to be posted are welcomed for entry to the system.

Firms marketing services, seminars, or products to those in the profession should request information regarding mailing list rentals. The NPA has been compiling paralegal databases since 1982 and will be pleased to provide regional or national counts as selected.


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Paralegal

The Paralegal program at Palm Beach State College can be your entry to a fascinating career where opportunities are plentiful. Educated and well-trained legal assistants are in demand at law firms, corporations, banks, real estate agencies, insurance companies and governmental agencies. As a paralegal you will help attorneys deliver a variety of legal services including:

  • Conducting legal research
  • Locating and interviewing witnesses
  • Gathering evidence
  • Preparing legal documents
  • Assisting the attorney during the litigation process

The paralegal career and job designation is expected to continue its rapid employment with typically the best opportunities going to those with experience and formally trained paralegals. According to the United States Department of Labor, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 8 percent between 2014 and 2024, as fast as average for all occupations.

Salaries for persons employed in the paralegal field vary by many factors such as region, experience, and size of firm. The NALA 2015 National Utilization and Compensation Survey Report indicates the average salary across the country is $55,188 plus about $4,581 in bonuses.

Palm Beach State has a comprehensive Law Library located on the Eissey campus in Palm Beach Gardens. The resources of this library include an extensive collection of state and federal materials along with the electronic research services of Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw to assure students have the needed resources for research in many of the classes. The primary use of these resources occurs when students take Legal Research and Writing I and II as required courses.

Business Partnership Council

The program has an active advisory council that is composed of local attorneys, law office managers, program graduates, representatives of local paralegal organizations and current students. This council provides valuable input and direction to the program as it continues to evolve and meet the needs of the students and the legal community.

History of the Program

Palm Beach State College, formerly known as Palm Beach Community College and Palm Beach Junior College first offered classes in “legal assisting” in 1977. Apparently, the Palm Beach County Bar Association saw a need for this degree and approached PBJC administration regarding the development of a legal assisting Associate of Science degree. At that time, the courses were all taught by local attorneys who served as adjunct faculty. In 1982, the first full-time faculty member was employed at the Lake Worth campus to teach business law. Shortly thereafter, this professor transferred to the recently opened North campus on PGA Boulevard (now the Eissey campus). Thereafter, the legal assisting program was officially located at this campus with some classes offered at the Lake Worth location, as well.

In 1987, another full-time faculty member was hired at the Eissey campus and a day-time component was added. Then in 1989, one more full-time faculty was employed at the Lake Worth location to teach Business Law and selected subjects in the legal assisting program which has permitted the program to offer courses at both the Palm Beach Gardens and the Lake Worth location. At the present time, there are two full-time professors associated with the program.

In addition to the full-time faculty, the college has continually relied upon local actively practicing attorneys and judges to serve as adjunct professors. One of these adjuncts has served from the beginning of the program without a break in teaching and a good number of adjuncts have been returning from year-to-year which creates stability in the teaching and the program.

Community Involvement of Program Faculty
In addition to responsibility for teaching, the paralegal faculty have taken on visible roles in volunteering for the Certified Legal Assisting (CLA) exam review courses. The CLA designation is a registered trademark of The National Association of Legal Assistants for persons who have met the requirements of this organization’s voluntary certification program which includes educational and character requirements as well as demonstration of competency based on a two day intensive examination process. The largest number of CLAs are found in Florida which also has local and statewide associations (Palm Beach County Chapter) of persons who have chosen the paralegal (legal assisting) profession. Most of the graduates of the Palm Beach State program go on to attain the designation.

It is noted, however, that Palm Beach State has no formal affiliation with the National Association of Legal Assistants. Palm Beach State is, however, a member of the American Association for Paralegal Educators.

Nature of the Profession
The designation of “legal assistant” recently went through an evolution which saw the title change to “paralegal.” These two terms have been used interchangeably from the beginning of the use of such para-professionals in the legal field. The actual roots of this career choice appear to be from the 1960’s when professional journals advocated the use of lay personnel in law firms and the creation of a sub-professional class comparable to medical technicians, according to T.E. Eimermann in the textbook Fundamentals of Paralegalism.

Grads’ Employers’ Surveys

This survey has been created by Palm Beach State’s Institutional Effectiveness (IE) in Lake Worth.

We request your assistance in evaluating the Paralegal Program. An evaluation of the program by graduating students and their employers is required by the ABA in order to gain and sustain “Approval” status for the program.

Your responses are confidential; only summary results will be released by the IE office.

Graduates
Graduates are kindly asked to take just a few minutes of their time and take the Palm Beach State Graduates survey. We appreciate your input and we are confident that your time will help us to maintain a quality program.
Paralegal Graduate Survey

Employers
Attorneys, Firms and the like who employ Palm Beach State graduate paralegals are asked to take just a few minutes of their time and take the Employer survey. We know how busy your office is and only ask that this survey be taken once for multiple grads in an academic year (August – July). If you employ another Palm Beach State graduate within the academic year, we kindly ask for your valuable input once again by completing another Employer survey. Thank you for your time in partnershipping with us to provide a quality program.
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Paralegal legal assistant, property assistant, contracts assistant

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements. GCSEs or A levels may help you get an apprenticeship or on-the-job legal training.

Apprenticeships are available at all levels.

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Law School has details of training while working and earning a salary. It has information about the Trailblazer apprenticeships, which can qualify you as a paralegal, a legal executive or a solicitor.

You’ll need a good understanding of the legal system, so experience working at a law firm could help you start your training. Qualifications in paralegal practice or a degree in law could also help you begin your career.

The Institute of Paralegals has more details about careers.

2. Skills required

  • excellent administration, IT and research skills
  • the ability to read and analyse lots of complex information
  • a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

3. What you’ll do

You could work for many kinds of employer, including law firms, private companies, the not-for-profit-sector, local or central government, the police and the courts. You ll usually specialise in one area of legal work.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • researching and preparing legal documents
  • handling confidential information
  • interviewing clients and witnesses
  • giving clients legal information
  • going to court
  • handling a caseload of clients
  • following instructions
  • general office tasks

4. Salary

Starter: 14,000 to 25,000

Experienced: 30,000 to 40,000

Highly Experienced: 40,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, in an office. At busy times you may need to work longer. You may travel to meet clients or go to court.

6. Career path and progression

With further study, you could qualify as a legal executive or solicitor.

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02/08/2017

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Become a Paralegal – Diploma & Certificate Classes in Toronto, Ontario


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(Melissa was in our Medical Office Assistant program, she was employed before completing the program!)

I love my job and find it very exciting. I ve met a lot of new people. For the first three days I was training in the Client Liaison s office just to see how the systems work. They were 8 hour days and today I am doing a 12 hour shift in the pre-admitting for emergency. It is all so exciting and everyone here is really impressed with all the medical knowledge that I have. I can only say that it s because of you and the courses I took at Academy of Learning. You gave me confidence in myself and it made me believe I can accomplish anything. I think any future students who take this course should know that, even though the work is very challenging and difficult, it really pays off in the end. Thanks for everything!

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Industry Overview

As regulations and legislation evolve and the public s need for legal services and advice grows, the need for skilled paralegals is as high as ever. Employment prospects for paralegals are stable, regardless of the economic ups and downs outside of the law industry, which makes it a steady career option.

The Paralegal diploma program is accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada and prepares graduates to apply to the Law Society of Upper Canada to become licensed paralegals. Paralegals are non-lawyers who provide legal services in specified areas of practice to the public for a fee. The type of work that a licensed paralegal can perform is limited by the Law Society and this program is restricted to those areas of law.

Paralegals are invaluable both as individuals and as part of the legal team. In just 49 weeks, graduates will be prepared to work in law offices, legal departments of any organization and/or run their own practice, and can find employment opportunities with law firms, government offices, private industry or as independent Paralegals.

With Law Society of Upper Canada accreditation in a field that offers a variety of workplace options and exciting personal challenges, it s no wonder the Paralegal diploma program is one of our most popular diploma options!

Contact Academy of Learning College Bay/Bloor Campus today for more information and find out if a career as a paralegal is right for you. With financial assistance options for everyone, there s no reason to put it off any longer! ( Click here to watch the introductory program video or scroll to the bottom of the page )

Duties Responsibilities

Paralegals use their skills and experience to handle a variety of legal responsibilities. Because of their wide understanding of the law, paralegals are invaluable members of a legal team. They often participate in the initial interviews between clients and their lawyers and collect crucial information related to a client s case. Paralegals have a number of diverse duties from drafting legal documents to doing research to assisting with legal transactions.

In Ontario, paralegals are regulated as officers of the court and licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada the only jurisdiction in the Western hemisphere to do so! Licensed paralegals in this province enjoy more independence, as they can independently practice in approved areas of the law. They can represent clients in provincial matters, immigration, landlord tenant disputes, labour law, small claims court and other criminal matters.

A diploma from Academy of Learning College Bay/Bloor Campus gives you the training and work experience you need to be a paralegal. Contact us today for more information. In only 49 weeks, you ll have the skills and experience you need to move forward with total confidence!

Skills Attributes

A diploma from Academy of Learning College Bay/Bloor Campus lets employers know that you have the skills and training required of a paralegal. We consult with employers to ensure that our classes provide you with the most up-to-date and relevant training so you can start a job with confidence and self-assurance. Some of the personal attributes that potential employers look for in a paralegal include:

Superior organizational skills

A genuine interest in the law

Problem-solving skills and initiative

Ability to work as part of a team

Ability to perform research and synthesize information

Multi-tasking skills

A professional and helpful demeanour

Good communication skills

Respect for all aspects of client confidentiality

Contact us for more information and we ll show you how quickly this rewarding career could be yours!

Career Opportunities

Your Paralegal diploma gives you the skills, training and experience that correspond with a variety of careers, including:

Provincial Offence agent

Small Claims Court agent

Landlord Tenant Tribunal agent

Labour Board agent

Workplace Safety and Insurance (WSIB) benefits agent

Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) benefits agent

Summary Offenses agent

And many more!

With classes starting every week, you can start soon and graduate soon. Contact Academy of Learning College Bay/Bloor Campus for more information on this diploma program and the financial assistance options that work best for you.

Graduate in 49 Weeks

In under a year, you could be on your way to a whole new career as a Paralegal. Students attend classes for 45 weeks followed by 150 hours of field work. The instructional component gives you the skills and knowledge; the field placement gives you marketable Canadian work experience. Combined, you ll have everything you need to jump into a new career with complete confidence!

Contact us today. One of our career consultants can show you just how quickly you can get started in the thriving and exciting world of law!

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31/07/2017

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Incurring a DUI Charge in California

It is imperative that you seek legal counsel from the best DUI lawyer in your area after being charged with driving under the influence in the state of California. A top lawyer knows the ins and outs of the DUI laws in the state and will represent you to the fullest ability. Don’t get stuck having to pay exorbitant fines, having your license revoked or undergoing community service; the expert DUI lawyer you choose from our network will ensure that your charges are dropped or dismissed. Call today to get your DWI claim underway.

Dealing with a driving under the influence charge in California is not easy. Even first time offenders don’t get off very easily and are hit with severe penalties. The most difficult aspect about incurring a DUI in the state is that DWI laws can vary greatly from city to city. However, California as a whole is tightening the reins on DWI punishments.

As of this year, motorists will have larger penalties when it comes to driver’s license suspension and revocation. The state also has employed a “no tolerance” policy for anyone who is caught driving under the influence under the age of 18 and for repeat drunk driving offenders. If you have incurred a DUI in California, the best thing to do would be to hire an elite team of Los Angeles DUI lawyers to help you fight your charges, and we are here to ensure you partner up with your ideal paralegal.

General Laws in California

The state of California has very strict penalties for DUI offenders that are minors, offenders under 21 years of age and for repeat offenders. Laws in California state that a motorist may be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) if any of the following circumstances are present:

• If you are under the age of 21 and are operating a vehicle after consuming alcoholic beverages. Persons under 21 may not have any alcoholic substances in their vehicle when driving alone. (Exceptions may be made for work-related driving).
• If you are under the age of 21 and your BAC level is .01 percent or higher.
• If you are under the age of 21 and are driving after having consumed alcohol in any form. This includes prescription drugs and over the counter medications.
• If you are over the age of 21 and your BAC level is .08 percent or higher.
• If you are a commercial driver with a BAC level of .04 percent or higher
• If you are under the age of 18 and have ANY measurable blood alcohol concentration.
• If you are a repeat offender and your BAC level is at .01 percent or higher.

How DUI Offenders are Penalized in California

If you have incurred a DUI in California and are found guilty, the following are the punishments that you may be issued:

1st Conviction

• Imprisonment from 96 hours to 6 months
• Fines from $1,000 to $1,600
• Driver’s license suspension for 6 months
• Mandatory completion of DUI Program
• Possible court order to install ignition interlock device
• California SR-22 Insurance required for restricted license

2nd Conviction

• Imprisonment from 90 days to 1 year
• Fines from $1,000 to $1,900
• Driver’s license suspension for 2 years
• Mandatory completion of DUI Program
• May be eligible to apply for interlock ignition device (IDD) restricted driving
• California SR-22 Certificate required for restricted license

3rd Conviction

• Will be designated Habitual Offender
• Imprisonment from 120 days to 1 year
• Fines from $1,000 to $2,000
• Driver’s license suspension for 3 years
• Mandatory completion of DUI Program
• Mandatory installation of ignition interlock device
• May apply for restricted driver’s license after 1 year
• California SR-22 Certificate required for restricted license

4th Conviction

• Imprisonment from 180 days to 1 year
• Fines from $1,000 to $3,000
• Driver’s license suspension for 4 years
• Mandatory completion of DUI Program
• Mandatory installation of ignition interlock device
• May apply for restricted driver’s license after 1 year
• California SR-22 Certificate required for restricted license

Repeat Offenders

California has a zero tolerance police for repeat DUI offenders. As such, the maximum possible penalty for driving under the influence may be issued to motorists who are convicted. Repeat Los Angeles DUI offenders may be denied application for a restricted license as well. The state of California takes all previous charges into account when issuing penalties for a new one. This may lead to a motorist being charged with a misdemeanor or felony DWI. All repeat DUI punishments are also affected by where the driver was issued the charge as well as the driver’s BAC level at the time of arrest.

Recent Amendments to California DUI Laws

As of 2011, California DWI laws have expanded the number of categories by which the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) can immediately suspend driving privileges when the motorist is suspected of driving under the influence.

As of 2010, California law requires the mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices. The state also shortened the time period in which driving penalties are restricted, including those for repeat offenders. In order for the penalty period to be shortened, motorists must pay all required fees and file an SR-22 insurance form.

California Assembly Bill 91 – Requires that ignition interlock device manufacturers provide information to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Also requires the DMV to establish a pilot program in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare that requires a driver to install an interlock ignition device and to participate in alcohol and drug assessment programs.

California Assembly Bill 1165 (Zero Tolerance Law For Repeat Offenders) – Makes it unlawful for a motorist under probation for a violation to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC level of .01 percent or higher.

California Senate Bill 1190 (Ignition Interlock Devices) – Lowers the minimum BAC level at the time of arrest to allow a motorist to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle as well as prohibits said motorist from operating the vehicle without the device.

California Senate Bill 1388 (Interlock Devices) – Effective July 2009, requires motorists to install an ignition interlock device immediately on their vehicles following conviction of violating DUI provisions as well as driving under a suspended/revoked license due to DUI-related convictions. The number of violations will determine the time period in which the device must remain installed.

California Assembly Bill 2802 (Reckless Driving) – Court must order DWI convict to participate in a program related to DUI education and treatment. Probation will be revoked if motorist does not enroll in the program.

California SR-22 Insurance Click here for SR-22 Insurance

If you have been convicted of drunk driving in California, you may be required to obtain a California SR-22 insurance policy. Also known as a California Proof of Insurance Certificate,” the SR-22 form is not a type of insurance, but a form of proof that you have certain types of insurance. It is filed by the driver’s insurance company to the state DMV stating that auto liability insurance is in effect for the motorist. It is typically required after a motorist has been charged with DWI, a number of other traffic offices, or an accident in Los Angeles, San Diego or San Francisco.

In California, if your license is suspended you are allowed to obtain a restricted license by the court, for which an SR-22 form may be required. If your auto insurance is cancelled, you will need to file for a new insurance plan within 45 days.

Seek Legal Help Immediately if You Were Charged with California DWI

If you have been charged with DUI, time is of the essence to fight your charges. Since penalties in the state are so severe, you need a top drunk driving lawyer to help you contest your charges. We are here to provide you with connections to the best and most sought-after attorneys in California who will take on your case and ensure the best possible resolution for it.

When you work with one of our elite Los Angeles, California DUI lawyers, you can rest assured that your charges will either be significantly reduced or even wiped out altogether. For superior legal counsel that you can rely on, turn to one of our esteemed California DUI attorneys today to discuss your options and file a case.


24/07/2017

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Paralegal Studies Certificate Program: Classroom Online

For more than twenty years, Boston University s Center for Professional Education has offered programs designed to provide essential skills for success in the paralegal field. The Paralegal Studies Program emphasizes expertise in writing, research, and technology core skills that are valued and sought after in all areas of law.

Over fourteen weeks, students learn comprehensive legal theory from Boston University s experienced instructors who, as practicing attorneys, bring real-life experiences to the program. Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate in Paralegal Studies from Boston University.

Available in a blended classroom format or online. the Paralegal Studies Program covers the following topics:

  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing and Reasoning
  • Legal Technologies
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Law
  • Litigation
  • Probate and Family Law

Program Dates

The blended classroom program is offered on Saturdays in Boston each September, January, and April. The blended course meets in the classroom for 7 Saturdays, and the remaining coursework is completed online. The accelerated summer course meets in the classroom for 14 days over two and a half weeks in early June. The online program is offered six times a year.

Requirements

Students must have a strong command of the English language. While a bachelor s degree is not required, we recommend either a bachelor s degree, or significant related work experience.

Registration

To register for the blended classroom program, or for full course details, click on the course link below:

For upcoming dates, please call 1-617-353-4497.

To Learn More or Register for the Online Program

To inquire about Boston University s Online Paralegal Studies Program, including upcoming course schedules and registration, please contact our enrollment advisors by calling 1-855-866-3214 or by visiting their website at paralegalonline.bu.edu .

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Watch Program Director Joseph P. Spada, Esq. discuss the details of what BU’s Paralegal Studies Program has to offer students.


12/07/2017

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    24/06/2017

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