Hi Nadine, I agree. In my opinion, a certificate is not necessary for you to be successful at your job. It's a matter of personal preference and for your own professional development and to make yourself marketable. It is also not a requirement for many states. When I moved into the role of a paralegal I was not certified. I work in the VA area as an in-house paralegal. I decided that it would be beneficial to me to acquire a paralegal certificate (learn the court structure, how to properly research, do legal writing etc) and it would also show my employer that I was interested in my career and my professional development.
I took an accelerated virtual online Paralegal Studies class at George Mason University as this was more convenient for me due to my working hours. I was recently told that my paralegal program was not ABA compliant. However, I do not know why that should be a criteria for a paralegal program. Many lawyers pass the bar but do not become members of the ABA, does this make them less of a lawyer?
Maybe other members can chime in with their thoughts.