July 23, 2011 (Powerhomebiz.com) The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) publishes annual salary and compensation comparisons for paralegal and legal assistants every two years. The 2010 report shows that students that complete a certificate program earn higher salaries and better compensation packages than students who spend time & money in a degree program. Employers know that students completing certificate programs have what they need – relevant job skills.
You can train for a new career as a paralegal in as short as 14 weeks. The Center for Legal Studies, CLS is proud to offer students access to the most affordable, highest quality paralegal training program in the country today. CLS has been partnering with prestigious college and universities since 1980.
Fall sessions for the online Paralegal Certificate Course and many other courses in the legal field begin August 22, 2011. Visit www.legalstudies.com to find a school near you and locate affordable legal training this fall.
Annual Salary and Compensation by
Type of Paralegal Education
Legal Assistant Average Average
Education Salary Compensation % of Responses
Undergraduate Certificate $53,781 $57,224 13%
Certificate $54,100 $56,422 15%
Associate Degree $50,716 $53,247 32%
Bachelor Degree $49,599 $52,221 10%
Masters Degree $56,000 $56,725 1%
Other $53,522 $55,696 12%
None $53,078 $56,045 17%
”I’ve applied for a Paralegal position & had an excellent interview last Friday. They were really impressed with my knowledge of the Federal Rules of Civil Proc. One of the attorneys was familiar with CLS & said that she believed we were coming out of it with significant knowledge over some current Paralegals. Of the 95 Resumes they recv’d I was picked to interview based on my Cover Letter & 4.0 GPA.”
– Karyn / Summer 2011 CLS Student
Additional courses are available: Legal Nurse Consultant, Legal Secretary, Victim Advocacy, Mediation, Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course and many other programs – visit our website @ www.legalstudies.com. Students purchase books with the course enabling them to review the material as many times as necessary for full retention of the information. Students benefit from direct interaction with the instructor and other students by way of email and a discussion board. The Online courses are very flexible and available virtually anytime, in the comfort and privacy of your home or office. Students e-mail assignments and exams. Upon completion, certificates are issued from the partner school of their choice, which will allow students to market themselves toward gainful employment.
”I’ve just completed Paralegal I and will begin Paralegal II in June. I am really enjoying this course and can’t wait to continue. Thank you CLS for providing high quality legal education at an affordable tuition with the flexibility of online study.”
– Andreya / Summer 2011 CLS Student
Online programs can be completed in as short as 14 weeks for a Paralegal Certificate for as little as $1189 plus books. This is a dramatic difference when compared to an Associate or Bachelor degree program that can take between 2-5 years to complete and cost anywhere from $3,000 to $50,000. The time and expense involved is not a viable option for individuals who need to get work now. Students interested in gaining more information about the programs offered by The Center for Legal Studies can visit their website www.legalstudies.com or call 1-800-522-7737.