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7 FAQs about Becoming a Paralegal

Learn about the Paralegal training program at Branford Hall!

Interested in a law career? Studying to become a lawyer can be a long and arduous process. If you don’t have the time to complete a training program that can take several years, then maybe you should consider a job as a paralegal. If you’re considering paralegal schools, a paralegal training program at Branford Hall could provide you with the satisfaction of learning law in a relatively short time frame.

If you’d like to learn more about becoming a paralegal, read a list of commonly asked questions to help you decide if entering a training program is the right step for you.

Q #1: What do paralegals do?

A: Paralegals, also called legal assistants and legal technologists, are the professionals who assist lawyers and law firms. They help with legal research, managing files, and writing and preparing legal documents for court. Before a case goes to trial, they will gather information and research legal facts. These legal professionals also arrange evidence and research laws, regulations, and legal articles. During a typical day, they may also write or summarize reports, draft emails and legal documents, acquire affidavits, and schedule meetings with witnesses. During trials, paralegals assist lawyers by handling exhibits, briefs, and other legal documents. They also take notes and review court transcripts. Their job requires them to call and interact with clients, experts, and lawyers on a daily basis.

Q #2: What can I learn in Branford Hall’s paralegal training program?

A: Branford Hall’s paralegal program features courses that train students in legal concepts, ethics, and terminology. Coursework is designed to instruct students in civil litigation, trust and probate, real estate law, commercial law and business organization law, with instruction on computer technologies. Emphasis on legal research, analysis, and writing are also featured. Courses help students practice professional skills like interacting with clients and other legal professionals.

Q #3: How long does it take to complete the program?

A: The program requires 46.5 semester credits and takes roughly a year to complete. If you focus on your school work and pass your exams on time, you could get out into the workforce in a relatively short time frame.

Q #4: How do I apply to the paralegal training program at Branford Hall?

A: If you’re interested in applying to our paralegal training program, all you need is a high school diploma or GED equivalent. We offer rolling admissions so you could enter our training program in six weeks or less. You can apply online at any time. You may also fill out an application during the review process for potential students.

Q #5: Will I find a job after I complete my training program?

A: Branford Hall wants to see our students succeed. Our Career Services Department wishes to help guide students through the job searching process. Our career advisors can help you develop your networking skills, resume and cover letters, and provide job search tips. We’ll even try to help you find a job after you graduate. Students are welcome to stop by our offices on campus at any time. You’ll have all the resources you need to start searching for a job at your fingertips!

Q #6: Can I receive financial assistance for this program?

A: Branford Hall encourages our students to apply for the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). You can fill out an online application to see if you are eligible for assistance. Our Financial Aid Advisors can help direct you through each step of the application process. Most potential students are eligible for some form of financial aid, but if you aren’t, our advisors can work with you to find other solutions for financial assistance. If you’re confused or don’t know what step to take next, just contact us for help!

Q #7: Where is Branford Hall located?

A: Branford Hall Career Institute offers a paralegal training program at its campuses in Branford, Southington, and Windsor, Connecticut. We also offer a variety of other training programs at our campuses in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. If you’re interested in learning more about our career training programs, contact us today or schedule a tour!