Adult students interested in pursuing a paralegal career will have the opportunity to earn a paralegal certificate through an online course being offered beginning Aug. 21 by Texas A&M University-Texarkana in partnership with the Center for Legal Studies, a Colorado company that provides students with affordable and effective legal education through colleges across the nation.
The 14-week Paralegal Certificate Course is designed to affordably prepare students for the job market in the legal field and give them the knowledge and skills needed to begin earning a salary as quickly as possible. Training focuses on providing a comprehensive knowledge of the American judicial system. It will also teach practical skills including how to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, create legal documents, research the law and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projections, the number of paralegal positions will be 22 percent higher by 2021 than it was a decade earlier, a growth rate that is much faster than the national average for all occupations. The national median earnings for paralegals is currently $45,480, and freelance paralegal professionals can earn significantly more.
Previous graduates of the Paralegal Certificate Course are working in different industries –law firms, major corporations, healthcare organizations, insurance companies, banking and finance, and government agencies. Students who complete the Paralegal Certificate Course will receive their certificate from A&M-Texarkana. This provides instant credibility when presenting the certificate to would-be employers.
“We are thrilled to once again partner with the Center for Legal Studies to provide this outstanding opportunity for short-term training in the growing field of paralegal technology,” said Shelley Caraway, executive director of Extended Education and Community Development. “This is a great opportunity for individuals who want to pursue a new career field, as well as professionals who want to supplement their skills set with this continuing education opportunity.”
The cost of the Paralegal Certificate Course at A&M-Texarkana will be $1,289. To learn more, visit https://www.legalstudies.com/product/texas-am-university-texarkana-paralegal-certificate-course/ or contact Caraway at EECD@tamut.edu.