Catherine's guest on Inside Scoop on FPA is Kelly Hebron, founder of From Prison to Paralegal. They discussed the organization's program that offers formerly incarcerated individuals a path to a professional career via training to become paralegals. Check out the segment with Mohammed H., a graduate of the program.
The “From Prison to Paralegal” project is a six week legal research and writing training program. Students receive college level instruction on basic legal research and writing. The program concludes with a 90 day unpaid internship. If you are interested in offering an internship or are looking to hire a paralegal, please complete the employer form here.
Legal Research: Students will develop an understanding of the various components of a law library and develop research skills.
Legal Writing: Students will study proper preparation of various legal documents, such as drafting client letters, case briefs and court pleadings.
There is a tax incentive for businesses to hire the ex-offenders. Business who hire ex-felons within one year after they are convicted or released from prison may qualify for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit This tax credit gives employers a maximum of $9,600 for each adult hired. By offering an unpaid internship, employers are able to train potential new employees at a significant reduced cost. If you are interested in offering an internship or looking to hire a paralegal, please complete the employer form here.
How many hours are required for the internship? None. The program does not require a minimum number of hours for the internship. We hope each intern placement is able to offer a minimum of 10 hours each week for a 90 day period. We recognize the need will vary for each office and we remain flexible with the number of hours scheduled for each intern.
Will the interns have research and writing samples to provide to potential employers? Yes. Each intern maintains a portfolio of their class work, homework assignments and exams completed during the training program. We use the same textbook and curriculum as many ABA approved paralegal training programs. Copies of an intern's completed class assignments will be available for employers to review.
What type of employers is your program looking for internship placements? Various. We are looking for law firms, law libraries, non-profits, and government agencies for placement of interns.
What type of work duties are expected for the interns? The program provides an opportunity for participants to receive practical work experience and critical thinking skill development. Under direct supervision, the intern may perform basic administrative, clerical and office support duties.
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Alexandria, VA 22315, US
Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed