Be really aware of anyone that is pushing you too hard when looking for paralegal programs. If they won’t give you a price on a program before they want your name, your address, where you’re located, and all your personal information be leery. A program that is honest and upfront and truly interested in training you shouldn’t have any qualms about letting you know how long their program is, how many graduates they have, what schools they work with, how they’re maybe accredited, or how much it costs.
Programs should want to answer questions that you ask. Not only do you want to make sure they’re accredited, but make sure they’ve got a great Better Business Bureau rating. Ours is an A plus and has been for 35 years. That rating has never faltered. We’re proud of that. We maintain it. The reason we do is because our students are our main focus. It’s not about making sales. It’s about training our students. It’s not about earning profits. It’s about meeting cost fairly so we can train our students.
Our students and graduates of our paralegal program are working in some of the highest professions in the country. They’re paralegals for the FBI, the CIA, very high-level government agencies, and major banking industries. Some of the top law firms in the country not only hired our paralegals initially, but they call back and look for more because of the quality of training we can provide.
You want to make sure that someone isn’t trying to talk you into taking out students loans. You don’t need a degree in paralegal to work as a paralegal. In fact, the highest paid paralegals are those that have a degree in something else. There’s no sense in spending $15,000-20,000 learning general ed and then spending six months on paralegal and paying 30,000-40,000 for it. You don’t need to do this to get trained. You don’t need to go into debt to be trained as a paralegal.
You want to make sure you’re not being pushed when they’re talking to you. Make sure that they’re not evading questions. When you ask someone a question they should give you a straightforward answer. Again, make sure you know how much it costs, how long it’s going to take or the likelihood of you finishing on time is and follow up. 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.