Frequently Asked Questions
What are the TOEFL score requirements?
We recommend non-native English speakers have a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 250 on the computer-based exam or 100 on the internet-based exam. These scores are recommended, but not required.
What is a passing score in each paralegal course?
Students must earn a minimum of 70% in each course module. Class projects and exams will be administered. Participants must achieve a score of 75% or better in the program to earn the Rollins Paralegal Certificate.
What if I experience a difficult life event and am forced to withdraw from the program?
If you encounter a life event that might interrupt your participation in the Rollins Paralegal Certificate Program, please discuss the matter immediately with a student advisor. In the past, we have been able to work with students to arrange for future participation in the program at no extra charge.
Is this program ABA "approved?"
Rollins’ Paralegal Studies Certificate is not ABA approved, nor are paralegal programs at most other major universities. Typically, ABA approved programs require approximately 2 years to complete because of the hourly requirements imposed by the ABA. Approximately 25% of paralegal programs nationwide are ABA approved and the majority are offered by smaller community colleges and technical schools for candidates with little college or work experience.
Does ABA "approval" matter?
The ABA does not formally “accredit” any paralegal program, but for a fee, the organization “approves” programs that meet certain standards. Most paralegal programs choose not to seek ABA “approval" because ABA “approval” is not a primary factor in most law firms’ decision to hire a paralegal. The reputation of the institution attended by the paralegal is often much more important. Rollins College is one of the state’s flagship institutions.
Our program does not qualify for the Florida Bar Association credential.
Will graduates be able to sit for the NFPA Pace exam and the NALA CLA exam?
The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) offer (for a price) voluntary examinations. While the majority of paralegals have chosen not to take either exam, they are certainly worthy resume and professional development enhancers. Please note that the above organizations frequently alter their exams' requirements and years in the paralegal profession. Contact each association for the most current requirements to sit for those examinations.
I still have additional questions. Does Rollins have advisors for the Paralegal Certificate that I can speak to further?
Yes, please contact a program advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (407) 915-3699.
General Questions about Paralegal Certification
Why a certificate program?
We understand that students have many choices in paralegal education. That is one of the strengths of the profession. The type of program chosen by each student usually depends on several factors, including:
- Prior Educational Experience - Students who already possess a college degree are not likely to attend a two or four year paralegal program.
- Prior Life Experience - Many paralegal certificate students have valuable real-world experience, but lack the credentials to be competitive for job opportunities.
- Motivation - Students who take certificate programs must be motivated, since they are expected to gain knowledge and skills in a relatively short period of time.
- Compensation - Graduates of certificate programs are better compensated than graduates of associate or bachelor degree programs.
Why are certificate program graduates paid more?
Attorneys want to hire paralegals that can efficiently and accurately perform specific law related tasks. They want, and are willing to pay for, paralegals that possess the training and skills that make them and their firm more productive. As a general rule, attorneys don't care about the geometry, psychology, and other general study courses an employee has taken. They care about whether the employee can maintain a client file, conduct legal research, draft legal documents, and perform other relevant tasks. Paralegal certificate programs offer training in the specific skills attorneys are looking for in their paralegal employees.
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About Financial Aid/Assistance
Can I get a loan for the cost of books and supplies as well as tuition?
No. However, you can search for private student loans or stop in our office for further information. Note that some programs sell out weeks before the start date, so we highly encourage you to start the process early.
Do I need to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?
No, the majority of financial aid programs are only available to students attending credit courses which lead to a degree or other academic credential. Since this is a non-credit course, we are unable to process these traditional forms of financial aid.
The FAFSA is used only for degree programs and not non-credit certificate programs.
What is the difference between a certificate and a certification in paralegal studies?
Professional or personnel certification is a voluntary process by which individuals' pre-acquired knowledge, skills, or competencies are evaluated against predetermined standards. Participants who demonstrate that they meet the standards by successfully completing the assessment process are granted the certification. A great example of a certification is the NALA (National Association for Legal Assistant)’s paralegal certification.
An assessment-based certificate program is a non-degree granting educational program that:
(a) provides instruction and training to aid participants in acquiring specific knowledge, skills, and/or competencies associated with intended learning outcomes;
(b) evaluates participants’ achievement of the intended learning outcomes; and
(c) awards a certificate only to those participants who meet the performance, proficiency or passing standard for the assessment(s).
An assessment-based certificate is NOT a certificate of attendance or participation because the participants have to demonstrate accomplishment of the intended learning outcomes. Our program is an assessment-based program that will help fast-track your legal career. Learn more here.
What will I receive if I complete all requirements for the program?
Upon meeting the necessary requirements of the program you will receive a certificate of completion from Rollins College, on behalf of the Hamilton Holt School’s Center for Lifelong Learning.
There are no refunds for certificate programs. Participants may transfer to a future program (within one year of your original program), with no penalty, with program advisor approval. Transfers are limited to one occurrence.