Program Overview

Penn Foster offers students the opportunity to earn a Diploma without the need for a classroom. This online program trains students for the Paralegal profession. Students complete a series of nine Instruction Sets containing specialized information of skills useful for a career as a Paralegal.

Individuals begin by learning typical paralegal duties and the education and qualifications necessary for employment in the paralegal profession. Students learn the specific terminology used in criminal law, family law, contract law, and real property. Students analyze the logic of arguments, including agenda promotion and emotional manipulation. The students study about ethics and the professional responsibility that comes with confidential issues. Students are taught the foundations of modern law, the structure of the court system, the codification of law, and case law and precedence. Students learn about civil vs. criminal litigation, state and local rules of court, and litigation in federal vs. state courts.

The paralegal courses include learning about business law. Students learn types of business organizations and advantages and disadvantages of business types. Students receive training in civil litigation, investigation, case evaluation and appeals. The students are taught about requests for physical and mental examinations, as well as the history of alternate dispute resolution (ADR). The students set up a personal computer for use of programs in Windows. Students customize the display and input devices, practice retrieving deleted files, and create notes using Windows Accessories.

It is necessary that those in the Paralegal profession know how to perform legal writing. Students learn law-specific style and usage for writing legal memorandums and forms. Throughout the Paralegal program, students complete graded projects applying what they have learned in the course.

The application for the Paralegal program can be found on Penn Foster’s website.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Diploma

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Penn Foster Career School, Penn Foster High School, and Penn Foster College are nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

    Requirements

    Students will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer running Windows® XP or later, Microsoft® Office 2010, and high-speed Internet in order to complete the Paralegal program with Penn Foster.

    School Overview

    Penn Foster’s expertise in distance learning and genuine desire to help students meet their educational aspirations has helped students worldwide for over a century. More than 13,000,000 people have benefitted from Penn Foster programs, and more than 130,000 students are actively enrolled in studies. Penn Foster offers online career-focused and blended learning opportunities completely at a distance, and retains headquarters in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

    Penn Foster supports distance education students with:

    • Open enrollment
    • Self-paced online courses 
    • 24/7 online support
    • A Penn Foster Study Planner that organizes study plans and due dates
    • Exams provided through the online Student Portal
    • Career services 
    DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION

    Penn Foster offers a broad scope of degrees, careers diplomas, and certificates ranging from high school diplomas to undergraduate certificates to associate and bachelor’s degrees. Three schools make up Penn Foster.

    • Penn Foster College awards associate and bachelor’s degrees.
    • Penn Foster Career School provides career diploma and certificate opportunities.
    • Penn Foster High School gives students the choice to earn a traditional high school diploma, or opt to complete diplomas with career concentrations.

    Degree programs offered at Penn Foster College include studies in:

    • Business Management
    • Finance
    • Graphic Design
    • Medical Assistant
    • Human Resources Management.

    Many of the programs can be finished within two years; however, completion time depends upon the degree program as well as each student’s schedule.

    There are over 70 vocational training programs and 20 associate degrees. Industrial courses allow students to build their skill set in a variety of fields such as:

    • Construction
    • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Mechanical Maintenance
    • Industrial Safety.

    Though Penn Foster does not have a physical campus, some courses may blend online learning with more traditional forms of correspondence courses, including textbooks and print materials for study purposes.

    In addition to national accreditation, Penn Foster is recognized by:

    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster Career School non-degree granting postsecondary programs 
    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster High School grades 9 through adult
    • An Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
    • State licensure by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools for Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School
    • State licensure by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education for Penn Foster College, with authorization to award Associate of Science Degrees, Bachelor of Science Degrees, and Undergraduate Certificates
    • ACE CREDIT, of the American Council on Education, for many of Penn Foster College courses

    Penn Foster upholds a strong, military-friendly relationship and retains a 2016 Military Friendly School® designation by G.I. Jobs. Penn Foster supports the military and veterans with discounts and VA benefits.

    Students who are interested in more details on specific programs and requirements should request more information.

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