Kaplan University Reviews - Associate in Paralegal
Review of Paralegal Associate Degrees
I received my associates degree in paralegal studies from here! No one respects this school I could not find a job in this field! There many schools that did not want to even except my credits! I had a horrible experience! I will not recommend there!
I graduated in 2015 with an Associates in Applied Science of Paralegal Studies. I am now working in my third law firm (I was previously a legal receptionist, then legal assistant), which Kaplan helped me find, and I am in a Paralegal position. The courses that I took had a lot to do with what I had already experienced in my previous law firms and things, such as writing memo's, etc. that I would need to know at my new office. I am grateful for their constant student support and one on one help. I love my student advisor because she checks in weekly and Kaplan also offers tutors to help students complete their work. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to put in the work to complete a degree. A lot of the unsatisfactory reviews that I read are people who were not put out for the task of completing a degree, had hardships in their life that they did not foresee when they started the degree or have abused the financial aid department and are now bitter that they have to pay back their loans. Kaplan is a great school all around!
After reading some reviews here I am really surprised. I have been attending Kaplan online since March 2015 and will get my associates in April 2016. Enrolling at Kaplan was easy. They accepted all of my community college credits, and my advisor checked in on me through my first two semesters to make sure I was adjusting well to the online classroom. The teachers are fine, some better than others, but that is to be expected of any school. I have had no financial aid issues to date. They are always helpful and the online chat makes things a lot easier. People on here are all complaining about not getting their check "in time". To be honest, I didn't even know I was getting a check until it arrived in the mail. So why don't you all focus on getting an education rather that your reimbursement check? The only thing I don't know for sure is where my degree will get me. We'll see...
Don't get me wrong when I first started at Kaplan it was all good. I am still attending because I am not a quiter for starts, The professors are rude and don't do their jobs, they want to doc you when you do your work correctly and turn everything in on time and before time. If you are not a teachers pet here at this school have fun. I don't and never will recommend anyone to attend Kaplan University. I will make sure I go some where else to get my Bachelor's Degree. Kaplan is horrible beware of this school.
I have 5+ years of experience in the legal field so most of the curriculum was review for me. There were some things that were new to me and helped fill in gaps in my education. I would NEVER recommend this school to anyone based on the administration. They were a waste of space, never administered loans or payments correctly (shouldn't a college be able to add and subtract payments?), the "academic adviser" assigned to me was a moron who never responded to any of my concerns (some of which were serious, like whether they were processing me on the track for graduation when they were emailing me like I was still enrolled and taking classes), and all the departments (financial aid, registrar, student payments, and academic advising)don't communicate, so if you have a problem that encompasses all of the departments YOU have to call each one of them separately to address your problem, over and over again.
I would choose the same degree because I am already working as a paralegal (legal secretary) and this degree will aid in furthering my career. I would not choose this school again because the administration was inefficient. They never administered my loans or payments correctly, took money out of my account when they were not authorized to do so, and incessantly called me on Saturday mornings and hung up, three times in a row, then when the person would finally answer they claimed they never called before (there was obviously something wrong with their automatic dialer).
Make sure you excel at the core duties of the career you are choosing. If you are not a good writer or proof reader, I would recommend NOT becoming a paralegal. I didn't understand why people in the same degree plan as me were flat out saying they were bad at what they were preparing to do with the rest of their lives.