Offering free paralegal courses online and on your time.
Offering free paralegal courses online and on your time.
We began in 2018 as a pilot program, From Prison to Paralegal. We do one thing. We provide free online paralegal courses. What separates us from the rest? We focus on training the most overlooked members of our society and we provide it for free to as many folks as possible by accepting WIOA funding as a financial aid option.
What is WIOA? WIOA is a federal grant authorized under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). It was created to help remove barriers for those who have trouble finding a financially viable career. The WIOA program helps job seekers acquire credentials for in-demand jobs and provides the opportunity to leave the cycle of unemployment and move into long-lasting careers.
Why Choose Us? Here is what we know. There is a huge labor shortage and paralegals are in demand. As an approved training provider for the WIOA program, eligible participants can take our entire program for free. The program is designed to train individuals to become certified as a paralegal in as little as six months. We also offer, when available, paid on the job training. Did we mention the full cost of our program and the certification exam fee is free to WIOA eligible participants? And, our program meets the 900 clock hours requirement to sit for the NALA paralegal national certification.
At A Rising Tide Academy, we want to change the tide. We help our students get trained, get certified, and get a job!
NALA is The National Association of Legal Assistants. Among other things, NALA provides certification for Paralegals via their Certified Paralegal (CP) credential. You must past both sections of the NALA CP exam, in order to obtain the CP credential. The NALA CP credential has been acknowledged by the American Bar Association as a mark of high professional achievement, and more than 47 other paralegal organizations and numerous bar associations also acknowledge the credential as the paralegal standard. To learn more visit NALA.
Yes, our internship placements vary from offices on Capital Hill to local law firms and non-profits. We are currently working to expand our internship program to other parts of the country. We also offer paid on the job training when available.
Yes, tuition is all inclusive. We include a widely varied number of e-resources, including select e-textbooks, to deliver instruction. Students will have access to the Lexis certification training and other computer assisted legal instruction. No additional material is required to be purchased by enrolled students.
A full time self-study can expect to complete the program in as little as 6 months. A part-time self study is required to complete the program in 12 months. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate and meet the 900 clock hours requirement in order to sit for the NALA CP certification exam.
Successful completion of our program satisfies the 900 clock hours required by NALA to sit for the Certified Paralegal exam.
You must meet one of the following requirements outlined in Categories 1, 2, or 3 at the time of filing an application form to be eligible for the CP certification exam through NALA.
1. Graduation from or completion of a paralegal program:
(a) approved by the American Bar Association; or
(b) an associate degree program; or
(c) a post-baccalaureate certificate program in paralegal studies; or
(In addition to the official school transcript, a candidate must submit an original course catalog or an original letter from the school registrar or program director attesting that the program is a post-baccalaureate certificate program requiring a bachelor's degree as a prerequisite.)
(d) a bachelor's degree program in paralegal studies; or
(e) a paralegal program that consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) of which at least 15 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) are substantive legal courses.
(Candidates applying under Category 1(e) may combine college hours from more than one institution. The candidate must have graduated from a paralegal program consisting of a minimum of 15 semester hours (or 225 clock hours or 22.5 quarter hours.) Evidence of the minimum hours required under Category 1(e) must be provided with the application form.)
*Note: This program is 900 clock hours and meets the 60 semester hours required in option 1(e). If you do not have at least 45 semester hours, coursework completed you will need to meet eligibility with category 2 or 3)
2. A bachelor's degree in any fieldplus one year of experience as a paralegal or successful completion of at least 15 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) of substantive paralegal courses.
(Those applying under the provision allowing for additional course work in lieu of the one-year work experience must submit an official school transcript showing completed course work.)
3. A high school diploma or equivalentplus seven (7) years' experience as a legal assistant/paralegal plus a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing legal education completed within a two-year period prior to application for the examination.
(Evidence of continuing legal education credit is documented by the attorney/employer attestation that must be signed as part of the application form or by submitting a certificate of completion of CLE taken.)
This program is intended to prepare and lead to an entry-level paralegal job. It will satisfy the 900 clock hours required to sit for the NALA Certified Paralegal exam. It is the sole discretion of the college or university whether they accept our coursework for college credit. We encourage you to speak with your school's admission office for more information.
We have a robust internship and on-the-job-training placement program. To that extent, our student internships may convert to permanent jobs. Additionally, we provide resume and cover letter assistance and have partnered with local legal placement agencies to assist with job placement of our graduates. While there is no guarantee of a job for each graduates, we provide a similar level of support that is similar to what a university career center provides to their students.
Paralegals & legal assistants are most often employed by the Legal services industry. In 2017, Paralegals earned an average of $51,743, $322 less than than the average national salary of $52,065. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Paralegals are expected to see a growth of 14.6% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average. Paralegal Economic Outlook
Paralegals need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, and Writing. When you successfully complete our program, you will have satisfied the 900 clock hours required to sit for the NALA Certified Paralegal (NALA CP) exam. The NALA CP credential has been acknowledged by the American Bar Association as a mark of high professional achievement, and more than 47 other paralegal organizations and numerous bar associations also acknowledge the credential as the paralegal standard. Learn more at NALA.
Yes, we offer access to LexisNexis® Paralegal Student Certification of Mastery training program, designed specifically to help students and faculty increase proficiency in online legal research using lexis.com and Lexis Advance. More details on the LEXIS Advance program we offer can be found here.
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