How Does An Online Paralegal School Work?
When choosing to pursue a career as a paralegal online, it is important to understand how online paralegal schools work. In this article I will go over this in detail.
There are few prerequisites needed for admission to an online paralegal school. You will need to have at least a highschool diploma or an equivalent, and having work experience or other training will help, but is not necessary.
Some schools will require potential students to list their work experience and education so they can better provide them with classes that are varied. Paralegal schools will not reject applications if you do not have enough work experience or education requirements other than those listed above.
Some online paralegal schools will give students trial class options in which they are allowed to take the first course as a trial. By taking this course, you will get a fundamental understanding of what it means to be a paralegal and the type of work you will have to do in this field.
You will also get a feel for the learning environment of the online program. Once you have tried this course, you can then decide if the program is good for you and if you wish to continue. If you feel after this that online learning is not for you, you are free to cancel.
Most online paralegal programs will give you credits for this course if you complete it and wish to continue. At this point you may be enrolled in the paralegal certificate program, in which you can become certified as a paralegal in as little as seven to ten months, depending on the program.
Some intensive online programs allow you to become certified as a paralegal in as little as six weeks. Those who want to further their education and specialize in specific areas can choose to take even more classes. To apply for a paralegal program, you will probably have to fill out online forms and submit it to the program administrator, or you will need to simply call.
In order to graduate, some programs will require you to take what is called the Certified Legal Assistant Exam. To be allowed to take this exam you may be required to have a certain number of hours of education and training. Upon completion of this exam you will be qualified to become employed as a paralegal.
After applying for an online paralegal program, you will be mailed or emailed a letter of acceptance or denial. It will provide you with instructions on how to enroll in your classes, and how to make payments. A student coordinator will assist you with payment processing. Once you have made your payments, your books will be sent to you, and you can begin your classes.