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July 17, 2020
Deciding to embark on the path toward a law career is a serious decision. A law degree can take years of studying, learning, and passing exams before earning it, and most entry-level careers in law require field-relevant job experience. Luckily, there are other ways to earn a career in law without going to law school. Becoming a paralegal is an easy way to introduce yourself to the field of law while also earning experience and money.
A paralegal is the “right-hand person” of an attorney. They assist attorneys by doing legal research, writing briefs and memoranda, interviewing clients and witnesses, summarizing depositions, drafting pleadings, and doing investigative work. Paralegals work in law firms, corporations, and government agencies.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual income for paralegals and legal assistants is approximately $55,020.
With a paralegal certificate, graduates can gain field-relevant experience working in the legal field. Graduates will have the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the legal process as well as the responsibilities of law professionals in a hands-on format and allow them to expand their network of professional references. Paralegals can use the experience they gain from actively working in law to help aid them on their journey toward a law degree.
Most paralegal programs require some type of bachelor or associate degree before acceptance. The LSU Online & Continuing Education Paralegal Studies Certificate Program requires applicants to have completed at least 45 semester hours of college credit from an accredited college or university with at least a 2.3 grade point average. Learn more about this program and its admission requirements.
LSU offers two program-length options: Full-time and Part-time. If taking classes full time, this certificate can be completed in just one year. The part-time program can take up to 2.5 years. You must complete eight academic courses, a 150-hour internship, and an online legal ethics seminar. Most courses are in the evening on weekdays.
The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program from LSU provides the best of both worlds: the resources of the state’s largest university combined with the personal support and attention of a small, student-friendly program. This program is the only non-credit ABA-approved paralegal program in Louisiana and is taught by field professionals, including lawyers and certified paralegals.
The LSU Online & Continuing Education Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is a virtual live-online professional development program. Most courses take place in the evening throughout the semester. This affordable paralegal studies program is designed so that a student can continue to work full time while earning their certificate.
This program requires an application process, so students must be admitted into the program before beginning any classes. Additionally, this program is term-based, meaning that accepted students must wait until the next upcoming term (Fall, Spring, or Summer) in order to begin classes.
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