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
2. Do you offer an internship option?
Yes, we offer internships to those students in the Washington, D.C. region. 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.
3. What is the tuition?
Please click here for our tuition information and grant funding options.
4. Are textbooks included in the program?
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.
5. How does the program release the courses?
Upon receipt of full payment, all courses are made available. If a student is a WIOA grant applicant, then all courses are made available upon confirmation of their approval for WIOA funding.
6. How long will it take to complete the course?
A full-time self-study can expect to complete the program in as little as 6 months. A part-time self-study can complete the program in 12 months. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate and meet the 900 clock hours required in order to sit for the NALA CP certification exam.
7. Does this program lead to certification?
Successful completion of our program satisfies the 900 clock hours required by NALA to sit for the Certified Paralegal exam
8. Does the course work transfer to a college or university after graduation?
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.
9. What type of job placement assistance do you provide?
We have a robust internship placement program in the Washington, D.C. region. 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 level of support that is similar to what a university career center provides to their students
10. What is the career outlook for Paralegals?
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
11. What are the skills needed for a Paralegal?
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
12. Do you provide training on electronic legal research?
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.
Our vision is to provide quality online paralegal training . It will be affordable and it will provide job placement assistance. You see, at A Rising Tide Academy, we want to do more than just train you, we want to help you get hired!