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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the requirements for enrolling in the Paralegal Program?
A: Applicants must complete an online application form.
Q: How is the Paralegal Program structured?
A: Students complete 9 courses in 3 consecutive semesters. Each class meets for 90 minutes, once per week, for 14 weeks. Students are automatically registered in the semester that pertains to them so there is no guessing about which classes come next. Students receive their schedule and syllabi approximately one month before the start of the semester.
Q: I’m a working adult. Will I be able to complete the Paralegal Program?
A: Our program is designed to accommodate the needs of working adults. Classes are conveniently scheduled on weekday evenings at 7:00 p.m. By attending classes 2 days a week, you will obtain your Paralegal Certificate in just one year!.
Q: Is there an Orientation session for the Paralegal Program?
A: A mandatory orientation session is conducted each semester before the start of classes for On-Campus students. The orientation session is not required for Online students. All new students and those students returning after a two semester absence are required to attend the Orientation.
Q: I’m going to law school. Can the Paralegal Certificate Program help prepare me?
A: Yes. Many of our graduates have gone on to succeed in law school. This program will expose you to the basics of jurisprudence and many different areas of law. The Program will reinforce legal terminology, theory and practical applications of the United States legal system and jurisprudence. It will prepare you to train your mind to analyze and solve legal issues. This program will serve as a solid foundation on which to build your law school career.
Q: I am an attorney in a foreign country, what would be the advantages to completing the Paralegal Certificate Program?
A: Traditionally, a large percentage of our students have law degrees from schools in other countries. They have experienced several advantages as a result of completing the Program. This course serves as a means to familiarizing themselves with the terminology, theory, and practical applications of the United States legal system and jurisprudence. Some of our students have recently immigrated to the United States and our Program serves as an initial educational step while preparing for acceptance into a U.S. law school. Some foreign attorneys choose to take our courses because they are considering expanding their practice in their native countries to serve clients from the United States. This Program helps introduce them to the terminology of law in the United States and to the intricacies of the various practice areas covered by our specialty courses, always keeping in mind that Paralegals must work under the supervision of an attorney.
Q: Do I receive credit for the Paralegal Program courses?
A: The Paralegal Program is a non-credit professional program. Students do not earn regular college credits towards a degree.
Q: Is there a graduation ceremony for the Paralegal Certificate Program?
A: Upon successfully completing all course work, a student is awarded a Certificate of Completion by the FIU Legal Studies Institute. Additionally, the student will be invited to participate in a graduation ceremony celebrated once a year, usually around June or July.
Q: Does the program offer job placement assistance?
A: Yes! We offer opportunities for placement with various local government agencies, law firms and corporate legal departments.
Q: When is the best time to start the Paralegal Certificate Program?
A: Right now! Because the Program only spans one calendar year, the sooner you start, the sooner you will complete your studies and receive your certificate! A new course starts each term: spring, summer and fall. You never have to wait to begin your coursework.
Q: What are the Financial Aid options available to me?
A: Financial Aid is available only in the form of a “Stafford Loan.” Students will be contacted upon application with additional information.
Q: What is included in cost of program?
A: The cost of the program includes tuition, access to technology and other legal reference tools. The non-refundable application fee, books and parking fees are not included in the cost of the program.