Paralegal Career Outlook
As employers seek to reduce the cost of legal services, career opportunities for paralegals have expanded. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of paralegal and legal assistant jobs is expected to increase by 28 percent in the coming years.*
- Paralegal services are needed to handle the increased demand for legal services in areas such as intellectual property, healthcare, international law, elder issues, criminal law and environmental law.
- More small and medium-size businesses are hiring legal assistants to provide in-house services.
What do paralegals do?
Paralegals assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Pay and level of responsibility may vary, based on the paralegal’s education and experience. Specific activities include the following:
- Conducting legal research
- Interviewing clients
- Gathering and exchanging information
- Preparing litigation documents
- Assisting attorneys in court
- Maintaining court calendars
- Drafting legal documents
Law firms are the largest employers of legal assistants. However, you can also pursue a paralegal career at banks, mortgage companies, state and federal offices, sheriffs and police departments, administrative agencies, courthouses, real estate and title companies, insurance agencies and in corporate legal departments.
Paralegal career training
If you want to become a paralegal, evaluate your options carefully. You may be able to complete an associate degree program in less than two years, but a bachelor’s degree is preferred by many employers. Some programs stress hands-on activities that reinforce skills expected of entry-level paralegals, while others are essentially lecture based. Look for a program with an internship, because it is an excellent way to add experience to your resume and develop professional networking relationships.
Globe University offers two paralegal programs, online and on-campus. Each focuses on practical skills requested by legal employers, and internships (core elements of the degree programs, elective in the certificate) reinforce those skills.
Any questions on how you can kickstart your career?
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*Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition