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Helping students prepare for new careers!
Adult students interested in pursuing a paralegal career have the opportunity to earn a Paralegal Certificate through an online course being offered by UW-Washington and UW-Waukesha Continuing Education 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 world, 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 you 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 28 percent higher by 2018 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.
Maria, a spring 2015 student, says this:
“I completed the Paralegal I and II courses and absolutely loved the format. The online courses are so easy to follow, and the course leaders are knowledgeable and encouraging. The moment I was granted my certificate, I applied for a job at the County Attorney's Office. I was hired after my first interview. I was able to immediately apply my skills in the workspace. What a blessing!”
~Maria / Spring 2015 Student
Previous graduates of the Paralegal Certificate Course are working in different industries throughout the U.S. - law firms, major corporations, healthcare organizations, insurance companies, the banking industry and government agencies. Students who complete the Paralegal Certificate Course will receive their certificate from UW-Waukesha Continuing Education. This provides instant credibility when presenting the certificate to would-be employers.
Continuing Education Regional Director Holly Wehrhahn affirms that, “Continuing Education is excited to offer such a wide diversity of affordable legal certificate courses. Students have been requesting the Paralegal Certificate, and this is a great option for students to enhance their career and earning potential”.