National Paralegal College
TypeFor-profit college
Established2002
PresidentAvi Katz
DeanStephen Haas
Location, ,
United States
CampusDistance education
Websitenationalparalegal.edu

National Paralegal College (NPC) is a for-profit online distance learning college headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona and focused on legal education. It is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.

History

National Paralegal College was founded in 2002 by Director Mark Geller, Esq., founder of Legal Data Systems, Inc. and school President Avi Katz. Its first class was delivered on June 2, 2003. The school introduced a synchronous learning format to online schooling by running a real time audio/visual online platform to deliver instruction. Initially employing only four staff members and serving fewer than ten students at the time of its initial class in 2003, as of 2020, NPC employs a large faculty and staff and serves more than 1,200 students.

Academics

NPC offers a Paralegal certificate and Associates degree in paralegal studies and a Bachelor's degree in legal studies or business administration.[1] All students must satisfy the four core courses, which are Torts & Personal Injury, Contracts, Professional Responsibility & Legal Ethics and Legal Research, Writing & Civil Litigation.

A paralegal certificate requires 24 credits, all of which must be earned by taking paralegal courses. An associate degree requires 60 credits, of which at least 36 credits must be earned through paralegal courses. A Bachelor's Degree required 120 credits, of which at least 45 credits must be earned through paralegal courses. Both degrees require that at least 25% of the credits be earned through "general education" courses. NPC offers general education courses in the fields of business, accounting, finance, writing, mathematics, social sciences, etc.[2]

NPC, through its graduate division, National Juris University,[3] also offers master's degrees in legal studies,[4] taxation[5] and compliance law.[6]

National Paralegal College's Master of Science in Compliance Law (Employment Law Track) program is accredited[7] by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)®. Since 1999, the Compliance Certification Board has developed criteria to determine competence in the practice of compliance and ethics across various industries and specialty areas, and recognizes individuals meeting these criteria through its compliance certification programs. Graduates of the accredited NPC program will be eligible to sit for any of the basic compliance exams administered by the CCB.

Content delivery

National Paralegal College educational courses are offered via synchronous learning. Each course includes twice-weekly live audio-visual classes using the Adobe Connect platform.[8] In addition, all 100 level NPC paralegal courses utilize custom written online textbooks on a variety of subjects, including torts, contracts, criminal law, constitutional law, wills and estates, domestic relations, etc. These resources are also made available to the public and have been cited by numerous organizations, including the National Association of Catholic Chaplains,[9] religioustolerance.org[10] and the Massachusetts Trial Course law libraries website.[11]

Other content made publicly available includes a series of legal analyses of the news prepared and delivered by National Paralegal College faculty.[12]

LawShelf Educational Media

In 2018, NPC launched LawShelf Educational Media[13] to provide educational resources in law and law-related areas to the public. LawShelf's "Foundations of Law" section features hundreds of articles in law-related areas complete with examples and self-quizzes. LawShelf's "short videos" section includes about 200 5-10 minute videos on disparate legal topics. It also features 70 "video-courses," which are in-depth courses on law-related areas. Each completed video-course (including passage of a final exam) results in the awarding of a digital badge for display on resumes, portfolios or LinkedIn.

Accreditation and agreements

NPC maintains a number of licenses, memberships, accreditation and agreements:

Type Organization
Accreditation Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission
License Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education[14]
Accreditation Compliance Certification Board (CCB)®[15]
Member National Association of Legal Assistants[16]
Associate member American Association for Paralegal Education[17]
Transfer credit recommendation National College Credit Recommendation Service, a division of the University of the State of New York[18]
Articulation agreement Up to 26 credits earned at National Juris University, the graduate division of National Paralegal College, are accepted by Concord Law School, the fully online law school of Purdue University Global, a public nonprofit institution, toward an Executive Juris Doctor degree. This degree is suited to those who want the knowledge and skills of a lawyer but do not aspire to practice law.[19]
Member Higher Education Transfer Alliance (HETA) of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation,[20] an agreement that facilitates the transfer of academic credits by students between member institutions.[21]
Approved Member National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, (NC-SARA),[22] an organization that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs.

References

  1. ^ "How To Become a Paralegal". Archived from the original on 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2011-12-25.
  2. ^ NPC Bachelor's Degree courses page
  3. ^ National Juris University home page
  4. ^ MS in Legal Studies Page
  5. ^ MS in Taxation Page
  6. ^ MS in Compliance Law Page
  7. ^ Compliance Certification Board Accreditation
  8. ^ Adobe Connect
  9. ^ "Resources online: Websites of interest to chaplains". Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2011-12-25.
  10. ^ "Separation of church and state" issues
  11. ^ "Massachusetts Law About Criminal Law and Procedure". Archived from the original on 2011-12-22. Retrieved 2011-12-25.
  12. ^ National Paralegal College Faculty's Legal Analysis of the News
  13. ^ "LawShelf Educational Media". lawshelf.com. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  14. ^ Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
  15. ^ Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® Accreditation
  16. ^ National Association of Legal Assistants Archived 2012-03-09 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ American Association for Paralegal Education
  18. ^ "National Paralegal College | NCCRS". www.nationalccrs.org. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  19. ^ https://nationalparalegal.edu/Concord2020.pdf
  20. ^ "NPC's HETA Page". Archived from the original on 2012-06-16. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
  21. ^ "Higher Education Transfer Alliance". Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
  22. ^ NC-SARA

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