Best midwest paralegal certificate programs?

I have a Bachelor's degree and live in Nebraska. I am considering going back to school but would preferr to not move too crazy far away to do so. I'm trying to find an ABA approved, 1 year program. I'd like to go to a public university of college so I won't be paying private school prices. Help?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    This site might help you find an ABA approved paralegal school:

    http://online-paralegal-school-guide.blogspot.com/

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    ABA does not approve fullyyt distant studying classes. There are some ABA approved classes that furnish on line training for the final training classes yet all the considerable criminal classes on campus. ABA approved colleges are costly. particularly in case you do not qualify for any economic help. in basic terms a warning, inspite of a paralegal degree it rather is almost impossible to discover paralegal employment with out any adventure. A seize-22. And on precise of that, get entry to point paralegals do not make plenty money. I in simple terms experience the might desire to furnish you with a warning with the aid of fact I sunk virtually 25 grand right into a level it rather is earning me under i could make waitressing finished time.

  • 1 decade ago

    #1: Please do a SEARCH here on Y/A before you ask a question - this has been answered millions of times before.

    Warning> Jobs in the field of Law are drying up fast!! This no longer is a good field to invest time and/or money into. This is a SHRINKING, crumbling, and dying vocational field. Many, many reasons. Also, we simply already have way too many Legal Professionals - we just have an absolute glut!! ("Legal Professionals" includes, but is not limited to: Attorneys/Lawyers, Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc) For example: Sites like legalzoom.com have taken away work that many small-time attorneys/lawyers would do/used to do. Even the largest and most reputable law firms are experiencing unprecedented cutbacks. I don't expect the situation to improve in the coming years.....

    http://abovethelaw.com/2010/01/this-week-in-layoff...

    Law is a more demanding profession than most people realize. It is NOT like what you see on TV.

    Cost of law school to be lawyer, approx $150,000+. Be prepared to take on a LOT of debt, if becoming an attorney is your "true", ultimate goal!!!<<<

    Regarding being a Paralegal: Employers (usually law firms) in the field of Law TODAY want employees with >>>BACHELORS<<< degrees from traditional (bricks and mortar) colleges/universities. Those "certificates" you see advertised aren't worth the paper they are printed on - they are generally SCAMS. (>>I found this out the hard way.) Also, the law school's program needs to be accredited by the American Bar Association - if it isn't, you are just wasting your time/money.

    Even if you do finish law school, you won't be able to find a job when you are done. Since this vocational field is shrinking (at an alarming rate), many new attorneys/lawyers are, themselves, having to work "down" as Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc, to simply try to keep some of their bills paid <<this would be your competition. And the competition is fierce in TODAY's job market!!

    School loans are "non-dischargeable debts" - which means you cannot just write them off in bankruptcies (except in extremely rare cases).

    Now... the law schools know this, but they won't tell you the truth >that the job market/economy is just SATURATED with way too many Legal Professionals. Instead the schools will feed you a fairytale and will LIE to you. The root of the problem is we already have too many law schools. We are STILL in a Recession, and the schools are fighting for their own survival - they will tell students anything to get to the students' money. (Which is why they won't tell you the truth about the job market for the field of Law.) And these schools continue to recruit and churn out even more graduates.............Remember>>> law schools are BUSINESSES - their TOP concern is making money for themselves. Law schools are cash cows.

    >>>>>THE #1 MOST IMPORTANT THING (and I can't stress this enough>>>): You ESPECIALLY have to beware of the BOGUS, INFLATED law school salary/job stats given out by >law schools< (AND by the U.S. Bureau of Labor)!!***<<<<<

    If you don't believe me, then:

    **Check out these websites:

    http://shillingmesoftly.blogspot.com/2010/09/meet-...

    http://subprimejd.blogspot.com/

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/business/09law.h...

    http://finance.yahoo.com/college-education/article...

    http://lawandletters.blogspot.com/2007/11/why-you-...

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/career-transit...

    http://www.abanet.org/lsd/legaled/value.pdf

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/career-transit...

    >>>>>>>>>http://beingaparalegalsucks.blogspot.com/

    (A link to a website does not constitute endorsement.)

    If you want a JOB when you are done with your studies, consider and look into the fields of: >>>Healthcare<<<, Information Technology, Law ENFORCEMENT, environmentalism, emergency planning, accounting, education, entertainment, utilities, home-car-commercial-industrial repairs, vice industries, clergy, and/or debt collection. I spoke to a career counselor from Jobs and Family Services, and HE told me that these areas are where the jobs are, and future job opportunities/availability....and scholarships.

    Good luck.

    (This is based on my current knowledge, information, belief, and life experiences. This was intended as personal opinion, and not intended to be used as legal advice. Please be careful and do your research.<<< You DID ask the question here on Y/A. I am just trying to help you.)

    Source(s): life have actually worked in the field of Law for twelve years started at the very bottom rung and clawed my way up now actually am a CURRENT employee of a law school, so I KNOW and see (too much?!?) don't have time to watch those TV law shows - the couple that I did watch weren't realistic, at all TV glamorizes the field of Law - Reminder: TV is FICTION!!! - do your research first! - the field of Law is actually a lot of paperwork and politics - and law school is VERY expensive, so know what you are getting into wish someone would have warned ME sooner so now I TRY to warn and help others (that actually want to know, will listen and not get defensive) I am simply tired of watching students getting ripped off by law schools so many students have come to me- upset because they could not find employment- I am just trying to warn as many as I can, and trying to fulfill a promise I am answering you in good faith.
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