Which Schools Offer a Lawyer Assistant Training Program Online?

Online training to enter a career in legal assisting can be a convenient option for busy professionals. Keep reading to learn about three institutions that offer lawyer assistant training programs online. Schools offering Paralegal degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Lawyer Assistant Described

Lawyer assistants, also known as a legal assistants or paralegals, perform support duties for attorneys, such as preparing for trials and depositions, drafting legal documents and maintaining contact with clients. This fast-growing field was expected to gain more than 46,000 new professionals between 2012 and 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2012, legal assistants and paralegals earned an average annual salary of $50,220 (www.bls.gov). Below are listed three schools that offer online programs that can prepare a student to become a lawyer assistant.

Legal Assistant/Paralegal Certificate from Blackstone Career Institute

Blackstone Career Institute, based in Allentown, PA, offers a 900-hour legal assistant/paralegal certificate program. This online option prepares students for the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) exam administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). Students learn to use common legal research tools, such as Lexis Nexis and Shepard's Citations Service. They also examine a broad range of legal documents and topics, such as constitutional law and ethics.

Legal Assistant Associate or Bachelor's Degree from Jones College

Jones College in Jacksonville, FL, offers online versions of its associate and bachelor's degree programs for aspiring legal assistants who are Florida residents. In both programs, students study business and the legal system while also completing general education classes. Prospective lawyer assistants in the bachelor's degree program, which is designed as an extension of the associate's degree program, can choose from several legal specializations. Graduates of these programs are prepared for entry-level jobs with law firms, government agencies, insurance companies and other legal entities.

Paralegal Associate Degree from MTI College

MTI College in Sacramento, CA, offers a paralegal associate degree that can be taken primarily online; however, students are required to attend at least one on-campus night class per week. Aspiring lawyer assistants complete business and general requirement courses in their first year of study before delving into 19 legal specialty classes during their second year. Classes give students a keen understanding of legal terminology and documents, while also building their writing, research and analytical skills.

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