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CLS Programs at TAMIU Offer New Flexible Payment Options Posted: 4/08/20

CLS Programs at TAMIU Offer New Flexible Payment Options


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The Center for Legal Studies (CLS) part of global learning and leading bar preparation provider BARBRI, has announced new flexible payment options for its legal support staff training programs, including courses and books. 

CLS is part of the expansive opportunities for personal growth available from Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) Office of Continuing Education.

“During these uncertain times we are all  experiencing, TAMIU’s Office of Continuing Education, is here to assist all  in furthering their job potential in the workforce.  We offer many options to pursue a professional certificate through alternative online programs. Among these are legal support staff training programs we offer in partnership with The Center for Legal Studies,” said TAMIU Office of Continuing Education director, Susan Foster.

CLS has announced its new Affirm financing option, through which students are able to spread the cost of their tuition and books over monthly installments, rather than paying for everything at once. This makes continuing education more financially viable and achievable for aspiring professionals.

“Our commitment is to provide our students with high-quality curriculum and instructor support in a format that fits their priorities and current situation,” Andrew W. Gates, CLS managing director said, “We recognized that some students do not have the financial resources to begin their professional training and advance their earning potential and were consequently locked in an impossible position limited by their current financial situation.”

To apply for the Affirm financing, students need only enter a few pieces of information to check their eligibility. They learn upfront what they will owe – with no hidden costs or fees. Having access to the terms of their loan, including the annual percentage rate, will enable students to make an immediate and informed decision on training and books, and select an installment payment option.

Online learning offers the benefit of educational continuity in routine times as well as times with unpredictable challenges such as those currently being faced around the globe. Whether medical concerns, professional or personal commitments, unfavorable weather, or other unavoidable barriers, the option to pursue a certificate through an alternative online learning format can provide accessibility which may not otherwise be available.

CLS provides flexible legal training in conjunction with hundreds of colleges and universities like TAMIU nationwide, partnering with nearly 160 accredited U.S. colleges and universities to offer virtual legal career training for paralegals, legal secretaries, those in the medical profession needing a legal skillset, and classes on topics including property law, eDiscovery and much more. CLS also offers online LSAT and other exam preparation courses.

“We’re excited about this new option for flexible monthly payments through Affirm,” enthused Stephanie A. Elio, CLS’ director of business development. “This benefit to students will enable CLS to provide training faster and to more students than ever before.”

“I am very excited to offer this flexible payment option that will remove the upfront burden that has become a deterrent for many,” Gates added.

Affirm financing is available to residents in the U.S. and U.S. territories, excluding Iowa and West Virginia. To learn more about CLS payment options visit:

To learn more about Continuing Education opportunities like CLS and more at TAMIU, visit their website or email

While TAMIU’s campus is closed to the general public, services at the University continue, practicing all CDC Guidelines on gathering and social distancing. For students, faculty, staff  and those having legitimate reasons to be on campus,  it is recommended that phone or email contact be made first to determine current office schedules and operation.  

The University’s dedicated COVID-19 website is updated daily and includes information on office schedules and services, an expansive FAQ, quick links, student resources, official COVID-19 information links and much more.

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