Why Enroll in the Paralegal Program?
Fastest-growing Industry





















Why Enroll in the Paralegal Program?
Path to Law School





















Why Enroll in the Paralegal Program?
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Why Enroll in the Paralegal Program?
Advocacy: Civil Rights, Immigration





















Why Enroll in the Paralegal Program?
Know and Understand Your Rights and more...





















Why Enroll in the Paralegal Program?
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NACC PARALEGAL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The free Paralegal Certificate Course is the cornerstone of our Chamber, CARE, IJLEF, and Figeroux & Associates, an educational empowerment project to help members of our community attain job training in one of the fastest-growing careers in the country. A Paralegal earns an average salary of $44,579 per year. A skill in Legal Compliance is associated with high pay for this job. The paralegal profession has grown tremendously since its introduction in the 1960s. Now there are more than 256,000 paralegals working in the United States. Additionally, paralegal jobs are projected to grow by 18% from 2010-2020. (1) (1) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012­13 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals­and­legal­assistants.htm (visited March 05, 2013).

NACC Paralegal Certificate Course includes these MANDATORY classes:

  • Introduction to Legal Research and Writing (Part 1 & 2)
  • Immigration Law & Civil Rights
  • Small Business Boot Camp Seminar (From Worker to Business Owner)
  • Introduction to CLIO, Case Management & Tools
  • Civil Rights & Workers’ Rights Advocacy Training – The New Jim Crow
  • Wills & Estate Planning
  • The Reluctant Rainmaker
  • Introduction to Bankruptcy Law
  • Introduction to Matrimonial Law
  • Introduction to Taxation
  • Introduction to Workers’ Comp
  • Introduction to International Trade & Global Business
  • Introduction to Social Security Disability

Choose any 3 of the following:

  • Introduction to Real Estate Transactions
  • Introduction to Immigration: How to Get a Green Card
  • Introduction to Copyright & Trademark Law
  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Introduction to Landlord & Tenant Law
  • Introduction to Credit Repair
  • Introduction to Personal Injury Law
  • Introduction to Non-Profits and more…

All students must take this class before starting the Program:

An Introduction to the NACC Paralegal Certificate Program & Career Success Seminar

Date: Thursday June 27, 2019 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ​

WHY ENROLL IN THE PARALEGAL PROGRAM

Reasons To Enroll in the Paralegal Program:

  • Fastest Growing Industry
  • Path to Law School
  • Business Purpose: Startup or Expand Your Business
  • Advocacy: Civil Rights, Immigration
  • Know and Understand Your Rights and more…

5 GREAT REASONS TO BE A PARALEGAL

1. Rise in Pay
Paralegal compensation has risen steadily in the past decade, despite a bump in the road in the depths of the 2009-2010 recessions. As paralegals perform a broader and more complex range of tasks (paralegals even represent clients in court in certain countries and administrative tribunals), paralegal earnings continue to rise. The average paralegal salary hovers at around $50,000 per year but paralegals often make more through bonuses. Overtime hours can also add significant cash to a paralegal’s paycheck.

2. Explosive Employment Outlook
The paralegal field is one of the fastest-growing professions on the globe. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, predicts the employment of paralegals and legal assistants to grow 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Among the factors driving this growth is client demand for cheaper, more efficient delivery of legal services. Since hourly rates charged by attorneys are typically double or triple the rates of paralegals for the same task, law firm economics mandates the increased use of paralegals to minimize costs. As a result, a paralegal career is one of the hottest non-lawyer jobs in the legal industry.

3. Easy Career Entry
Unlike lawyers who must complete seven years of formal education and pass the bar exam to practice law, you can become a paralegal in as little as a few months of study.

4. Intellectual Challenge
Paralegal work is intellectually challenging and involves a range of high-level skills. The most successful paralegals are problem-solvers and innovative thinkers. Paralegals must become subject matter experts in their specialty area and master legal procedure, research, drafting and other skills. They must stay on top of ever-changing laws and new legal trends and developments while interfacing with attorneys, opposing counsel, vendors, staff members, clients and others. The work is varied and each day brings new challenges.

5. Rising Prestige
As paralegals perform more complex and challenging work, paralegal prestige is rising. Paralegals are no longer simply lawyer’s assistants; they are assuming management roles in corporations, leadership roles in law firms and entrepreneurial roles in independent paralegal businesses. Over the years, paralegals have transcended the image of glorified legal secretary to become respected members of the legal team.

All students must take this class before starting the Program:

An Introduction to the NACC Paralegal Certificate Program & Career Success Seminar

Date: Thursday June 27, 2019 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ​

FREE PARALEGAL CERTIFICATE COURSE

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*All new students must fill out this form before registering for our Paralegal Program.*

All students must take this class before starting the Program:

An Introduction to the NACC Paralegal Certificate Program & Career Success Seminar

Date: Thursday June 27, 2019 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ​

PARALEGAL PROGRAM INVESTMENT

*Membership and registration fees are non-refundable.

NACC Members

$125
  • NON-REFUNDABLE FEE

Non-Members

$275
  • INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP & NON-REFUNDABLE FEE

The NACC Paralegal Certificate Course is available on weekdays and weekends to suit your schedule. Successful graduates will receive a NACC certificate of completion.

UPCOMING PARALEGAL CLASSES

Upcoming Paralegal Classes

PARALEGAL JOB DESCRIPTION

Paralegals perform legal­, regulatory­ and business­related research for lawyers working at their organization. Most of the time paralegals work for law offices, corporations’ legal departments or courts. These professionals also provide legal support services to attorneys. They assist lawyers in filing materials such as motions, memoranda, pleadings and briefs in various court systems, as well as accompany lawyers to see clients and/or to go to court.  Paralegals may have to interview clients either by phone or in person prior to referring them to their organization’s lawyers; they may have the authority to accept or reject potential clients. Paralegals also edit pleadings, technical papers, briefs and other documents, helping review legal documents to make sure that relevant facts are included. They may have to travel to various courts to accompany their organization’s lawyers, and they may have to train and coach new or more junior paralegals. 

LIST OF MANDATORY COURSES

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Introduction to Legal Research & Writing (Part 1 & 2)

Immigration Law & Civil Rights

Small Business Boot Camp Seminar Series (From Worker to Business Owner)

Introduction to CLIO (Case Management & Tools)

The Reluctant Rainmaker

Civil Rights Advocacy Training – The New Jim Crow

Wills & Estate Planning

Introduction to Bankruptcy Law

Introduction to Matrimonial Law

Introduction to Taxation

Introduction to Workers' Comp

Introduction to International Trade & Global Business

CHOOSE A MINIMUM OF 3 OF THE FOLLOWING ELECTIVES

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Introduction to Real Estate Transactions

Introduction to Immigration: How to Get a Green Card

Introduction to Copyright & Trademark Law

Introduction to Criminal Law

Introduction to Landlord & Tenant Law

Introduction to Personal Injury Law

Introduction to Non-Profits and more...

THE PRE-GRADUATION MEETING

In order to ensure that your participation in our Paralegal Certificate Program has been a positive and empowering experience and to further assist you in meeting your goals, the Chamber would like to meet with each student, one-on-one. At that interview, we will need you to bring a cover letter with your career goals, copy of your resume and have your LinkedIn profile completed. Interviews are available Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.  

WHAT FORMER STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THE FREE PARALEGAL PROGRAM

Do your future self a favor…I came to the Free Paralegal Certificate Program with the intentions of learning the fundamentals of the law and to cement my decision on whether I’d like to pursue law as a profession. I left with so much more. The classes are taught by Attorney Brian Figeroux and his vast network of professionals covering a myriad of subjects. Figeroux is authentic and endlessly knowledgeable—from immigration law to personal injury, bankruptcy, matrimonial, non-profit and corporate formation, and beyond. I came for Paralegal education and I left with someone I now call a Mentor. Thank you.

- Ricci L. Niles

After many years as a legal secretary, the paralegal program offered me the opportunity to further my professional development and to make me more marketable in the work force.

- Jenny

I completed the Paralegal Certificate Program in 2015.  I found it really informative and interesting.  Through the Program, I was exposed to many areas of the Law that I had not considered.  It gave me a great foundation to build on.  Thanks to the Program, I feel confident about what I can do in the future. I would recommend it to anyone looking to expand their horizons.

- Markus Latimer

Knowledge is power indeed! The paralegal certificate enrollment was one of the most important and best decisions I’ve made! I encourage anyone that is thinking about advancement whether in their career or personal development, to enroll in the program offered here at the New American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) for several reasons: one is affordability; second, it provides you with practical day-to-day life information, strategies and expertise, plus a team of support. Third, it can be applied beyond the legal field to life in general. Finally, it creates more opportunities for business or employment and provides substantial information for those new or advanced in law and is geared to promote success, allows you to conduct or start any business with the right tools, from start to finish which is an asset in a diverse society. There is a saying, “We don’t know, what we don’t know”. There’s one way to find out what you have been missing: I highly recommend enrolling right now for NACC Paralegal Certificate Program.

- Ishaw H.

It was a great joy for me to complete the paralegal program offered by NACC. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who is seeking to extend their general knowledge of the law.

- Claude

This program taught me a great deal about performing legal research, civil procedures and in taking it, I gained valuable knowledge in the law and its practice. The excellent training and legal education that I received will set a firm foundation for enriching my practice as a paralegal. I also believe that incorporation of NACC legal classes program on my resume will help in my being selected for future positions. I will have no hesitation in recommending this program for my friends and colleagues.

- Oxana Macnish

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