Is Attending Community College First Bad?

by Chad Agrawal

community-college-firstMany community college students, and indeed, college students in general, enter their secondary education with little idea of the path that lies ahead.

Although most have a general idea of what they like and dislike where academia is concerned, they have no real concept of how that will translate into major study, and ultimately, a career path.

However, there are a select few who enter the college experience knowing exactly what they want to do.

And lets say you're interested in a career in the legal profession, you might be worried that spending your first two years at community college will set you back when it comes to reaching your professional goals.

However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Attending Community College First

Community college provides the average student with the ability to save money while earning general education units.

These are the very same credits you would earn in your first two years of college anyway, although at a much higher cost.

So you're certainly not missing out on anything by attending community college; you only stand to gain, especially if you do your homework and find a community college that feeds into the four-year school you would eventually like to attend for your bachelor's program.

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In addition, you can work to attain the stellar GPA and extracurriculars that will help you to gain admission to your campus of choice.

And of course, you stand to earn your AA in the process, which means you will enter your major study already armed with a degree.

But, How Will I Prepare for My Career?

You will be able to prepare for your law degree to some extent via the courses you take during your time in community college.

Many campuses offer certification programs for paralegal study, so you may be able to take prerequisites needed for your major program or even prepare for and obtain certification before you enter the final two years of study for your bachelor's degree.

This can actually put you ahead of the pack and potentially even help you to decide which branch of the legal profession you're interested in pursuing.

Additionally, it could help you to land scholarships, internships, or even a job while you complete your degree and as you move into your master's program.

So can you study law in community college? In many cases, the answer is yes.

And this is true for most career paths.

Preparing to Transfer after Community College

Not every community college will have the exact classes you want, and even if they do, you'll have to make sure that the credits will transfer to your ultimate university of choice and that you can use them as prerequisites for your major program.

So while attending community college, you might as well get all your general credits done first.

By attending community college first, you'll get the basics you need to succeed when transferring to Ivy League, Tier 1 or anywhere else and then you can focus on your career related classes once you get there.

So whether you're looking to be a divorce, criminal, contract, entertainment, orĀ motorcycle accident lawyer, you should start your education as early as possible.

And let's not forget, that means you're saving money too!

This post was written by Chad Agrawal

Chad Agrawal is the founder of CCTS, helping students transfer from community college to Ivy League, tier 1 or anywhere else by following this community college guide.

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