THE CHAMBERS' PARALEGAL PROGRAM

The Chambers’ Certificate Course is the cornerstone of our Chamber, CARE, IJLEF, and the Law Firm of 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).

The Chamber Paralegal Certificate Program includes these OPTIONAL classes. Choose any 3 of the following:

WHY ENROLL IN THE PARALEGAL PROGRAM ?

Here Are 19 Reasons To Enroll in the Paralegal Program:

  1. Fastest Growing Industry
  2. Pays Well
  3. Not Just Law Firms ─Paralegal Education Can Open Many Career Doors 
  4. Path to Law School
  5. Learn Skills that Are Transferable to Many Other Career Paths
  6. Business Purpose: Startup or Expand Your Business
  7. Advocacy: Civil Rights, Immigration
  8. Know and Understand Your Rights
  9. Training for Community Advocate
  10. Stepping Stone to a Political Career
  11. Develop Your Marketing, Oral and Written Communication Skills
  12. Learn the Basics of Small Business
  13. Write Quickly and Well, with a Professional Tone that All Businesses Require
  14. Learn How to Do Research Efficiently
  15. Learn How to Read, Understand and Summarize Complex Pieces of Writing 
  16. Learn How to Keep Meticulous and Organized Records
  17. Learn the Importance of Technology and How to Use It Effectively
  18. Get an Additional Certificate which Enhances Your Resume and Opportunity
  19. Parlay Your Experience into Self-employment

ADDITIONALLY, 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.

WHAT FORMER STUDENTS SAID ABOUT THE FREE PARALEGAL PROGRAM

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The big topic today is VAWA, the Violence Against Women Act. When the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont announced on July 18, that a federal grand jury returned a 12-count indictment against Arleigh Louison, 53, of Brooklyn, for running an immigration fraud scheme, a search warrant of his office revealed thousands of VAWA applications where false statements were made in connection with Form 1-360 petitions for status adjustments under VAWA. Brian Figeroux, Esq. a member of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA), who has been practicing immigration law for over 20 years, explains who qualifies for VAWA and also speaks on Advance Parole.

Info & Hours

Address: 26 Court St, Suite # 701, Brooklyn, NY 11242
Email: info@freeparalegal.org
Tel: 1-718-722-9217
Hours: Mon. – Sat. (9:00am to 5:00pm) | Sun. (Closed)

Directions

By train: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall or A, C & F to Jay Street/Metro Tech.
By bus: Take the Downtown bound B25, B26, B37, B41, B45 or B52 to Court Street.

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