North Dakota residents are unfortunate in the fact that there are no accredited and American Bar Association approved paralegal programs in the state. This means that those who are hoping to go into the career and who want to have long and successful careers will have to think outside of the box in order to get the proper education.

It is definitely not impossible to become a paralegal in the state; it just takes a little more work than it might in other places. If you’re up for a challenge, though, you can certainly make your dreams come true!

Before you start worrying about how you’re going to make your education happen, the first thing you need to decide is which type of an education you wish to pursue. There are many different options for paralegals. You can, for example, choose to earn an associate’s degree from an accredited college or university.

These degrees take, on average, about two years to earn and, when earned from a community college or from a trade or technical school, they are incredibly affordable. This is what most of the professionals working in the field will have done to get where they are.

Many people today, however, want to stand out above the fierce job competition. As such, they make the decision to go further with their education and to earn a bachelor’s degree. This also must be done from an accredited college or university, usually from a traditional one.

Completing a bachelor’s degree will take the average person around four years. However, the job opportunities when one graduates will be well worth the extra time and effort that has to be put in for this degree. Also, those with bachelor’s degree tend to get higher starting salaries.

For some people, a traditional degree program isn’t the answer. These individuals will instead choose to attend certificate granting programs. Certificate programs may only be attended by those who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field.

The reasoning behind this is that these programs are designed for those students who have come to the decision to be paralegals later in life, after they have already been through school. A certification program allows them to reach their goals without having to start their educations over from scratch.

Also, certification programs are a viable option for those who have earned degrees from unapproved institutions and who now wish to supplement their educations and make them valid.

This brings us to our first option for North Dakota residents. Since there are no approved schools in the state, you do have the option of attending an unapproved program. After you have done so, however, you will still need to find an approved certification program in order to validate your degree.

This process really only works for those who can relocate or find another educational option in the future, but for whatever reason, are not able to do so right at the moment.

Most North Dakota students will simply choose to pursue their educations online. This is becoming more and more common in today’s world and, as such, there are lots of excellent, accredited, and fully approved online schools and programs out there. You just have to be especially careful when you select your school and program because, in spite of this, there are still quite a few scams in the online world. N

ever take any claims a school makes at face value; always check everything out for yourself. Research is of the utmost importance when pursuing an online education.