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Paralegal Graduates Excel on National Exam


(Bradenton, Fla., November 16, 2009) — Graduates of the State College of Florida (SCF) Paralegal/Legal Assisting Program exceeded state and national passing rate averages on the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) examination, outperforming test-takers who have completed a qualified paralegal program.

SCF graduates had better averages than test-takers statewide in all six major subject areas and exceeded the national rate overall and in five subject areas, according to a recent report by the National Association of Legal Assistants. Historically, SCF graduates have excelled on the examination, surpassing the passing rate average of test-takers since 2006.
 
“Knowing that SCF graduates outperform others in the state and the nation is rewarding. We are constantly evaluating our program standards to ensure that our students receive the best quality education. This report shows that our efforts to keep pace with the changes in the legal profession are working.” said Barry Puett, director of SCF’s program.
 
Only those who have a paralegal degree, completed a 60-credit program of study with at least five law courses, or worked as a paralegal for at least five years may take the exam.
 
A recent change in the legal profession is the creation of a Florida Registered Paralegal status that makes paralegals eligible to join the Florida Bar. Passing the CLA examination allows a paralegal to become a Florida Registered Paralegal.
 
The number of private law firms that hire paralegals is increasing and the legal training is useful in diverse professional settings.
 
Day, evening and online classes are offered. For more information, call Puett at 941-752-5656 or visit scf.edu.
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