The Pros and Cons of

Accredited Paralegal Certificate Programs

 

Paralegal jobs are expected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026 and can earn up to $80,000 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The American Bar Association defines a paralegal as “a person, qualified by education, training or work experience … who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work.” One way to receive the qualified education and training to be a paralegal is through a program offered by Blackstone Career Institute, a nationally and regionally accredited distance education provider. Paralegal certificate programs are designed for those wishing to enter the legal profession, those wanting to move up in their career, or those wishing to update their skills. To help you decide if BCI’s Accredited Online Paralegal Program is for you, here are some pros and cons to consider:

 

PROS:

  • Eligible to sit for paralegal certifying exams offered by NALA or NALS
  • Achieve relevant legal education in a short period of time
  • Affordable tuition with payment plans that allow you to graduate without debt
  • Can be obtained while working full time, pursuing a degree in a different field of study, serving in the military and many other scenarios
  • BCI’s Paralegal Program is approved by both the Department of Veterans Affairs (Post 9/11 GI Bill®) and The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA).
  • Choose your own enrollment date and graduation date – work at a pace that suits you!
  • Opportunity for social interaction and networking including access to faculty and paralegal peer community through online discussion boards
  • Learn computer skills, research and analysis, organization proficiency – essential qualities for today’s paralegal
  • Over 150 years of excellence

CONS:

  • Online programs may come as a “pro” to some learning types but a “con” to others. Be sure to know the type of learner you are before enrolling in an online program
  • Self-taught programs may come as a challenge to some students, but you can reach out to the paralegal instructor via email for questions directly related to course material.
  • Self-paced programs require self-discipline, which is challenging for some students
  • No classroom setting, no classmates and no live instruction
  • Job searching is the responsibility of the student/graduate – although the course prepares you with interview skills, resume building, and cover letter writing

 

If you have already taken Blackstone’s Paralegal certificate programs, please leave a review on how you’ve used or applied your career certificate training since graduating! If you are looking to earn your paralegal certification, take that first step today… Gain confidence to make your next career step upon paralegal program completion!

Blackstone Career Institute

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