It really depends on what educational path you choose to take. There are certificate programs, degree programs, and job skill training programs. You can earn a degree by attending a community college or a university, and those may take anywhere from 18 months to 4 years.
However, a degree in paralegal is not really necessary to work in the field. Many students, and especially those who already have degrees, can do a certificate program, which can be completed in as short as 6 to 14 weeks, and sometimes can be completed in as few as 6 weeks to 12 months.
Our programs at The Center for Legal Studies can be done in a live lecture setting, where you actually sit in a classroom on one of our college or university campuses for 6 weekends in a row, and you’ll be fully trained as a paralegal. We also offer online programs, which are increasingly popular throughout the country, that can be done in 14 weeks.
All of these programs that we offer are practical skills in nature, which is really what you should be looking for. You don’t want to spend a lot of time or money learning theory, you’d rather have the skills that you need to do the job. For more information about online or live paralegal training, paralegal certifications, or our other training courses for the legal support field, give us a call at 1 (800) 522-7737.