The Impact a Paralegal Certification Can Have on Your Career

By: Continuing & Career Education at Assumption College

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Have you ever considered a career in law? This type of work can be incredibly rewarding, but getting started can feel overwhelming. Law school is a big investment, both in terms of money and time. What if you start and don’t like it? What if you can’t afford the tuition? How can you get into a law career without the commitment of becoming a lawyer? Perhaps it’s time to consider getting a paralegal certification.

What is a Paralegal?

In short, paralegals are legal assistants that help attorneys. They have a knowledge of the law and are on hand to assist attorneys with anything they may need help with. Their job descriptions can vary, but they typically involve legal tasks such as:

  • Organizing case files
  • Helping with the trial process
  • Organizing and preparing for trials
  • Performing legal research
  • Drafting legal documents
  • Interviewing clients

There are two paths to becoming a paralegal: a certification course or a degree program. With a certification course, you learn the material and take a test to become certified. A degree program involves taking several courses to earn your legal degree. With either path, a follow-up exam is required.

Why Should I Get a Paralegal Certification?

With multiple options out there, you may be wondering if a certification course is in your best interest. While different people tend to gravitate towards certain paths, here are a few reasons to help you consider if a certification course is right for you:

A Great Beginning

A certificate program is a great way to gain the skills you need to begin your paralegal career. It’s the beginning of figuring out if law is right for you. Maybe you want to further your education with a law degree. Or you already have a degree in something else and you’re looking for a career change. Either way, a paralegal certification could be the best way to get started.

An Affordable Way to Change Careers

If you’re looking to change careers, you may already know that it’s not an easy task. You’ve already invested so much in your first career, and degree programs can be expensive. A certification course can help you make the transition process easier. They are often cheaper than full degree programs and they take less time.  Which means that you can save money and start advancing in your new career sooner.

Show Off to Your Employer

While it might seem stressful, it is possible to get your certification while working full-time. The best part? People will be incredibly impressed if they know you’re doing it all at once. Show off to employers (or potential employers) by proving that you’ve got the time management skills to do it all.

Keep Up With the News

A certificate course is an excellent way to stay up-to-date on current laws. This expertise is vital for any law career; no one wants outdated legal advice. Knowing what’s going on in the legal world is important for any position, and a certification course can ensure you know your stuff.


If you’re looking for a legal position, you need to be qualified. The hunt for paralegal positions becomes a lot easier when you’ve got the education and certification to back you up. If you want employers to seriously consider your application, get certified to prove you’ve got the skills to succeed.

If you’re looking for a career in law but aren’t sure if you want to become an attorney, a paralegal certification might be a good way for you to get your foot in the door. Get started with a paralegal certification course from CCE at Assumption. You’ll learn the skills you need to know to become an effective paralegal, prepare for the certification exam, and kick off a rewarding new career.

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