Paralegal

How to become a Paralegal.

To become a paralegal, you must first have a high school diploma or a GED. The paralegal program can be found at trade schools and community colleges across the country. The community college paralegal program is generally a 2 year associate’s degree however some lawyers prefer their paralegals to have a bachelor’s degree from a top college.

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What is a Paralegal?

Paralegals can be found working alongside lawyers, supporting them by working files, organizing the case through research, and crafting supporting documents. A paralegal’s duty depends on who they work for and which area of law they do. Because the paralegal works directly on a case and, in some instances, do much of the work to present the case, their hours are billable to the client, similar to a lawyer only not as expensive.

At School, Paralegals may specialize

  • personal injury
  • criminal law
  • bankruptcy
  • immigration
  • corporate
  • litigation

 

Courses a Paralegal will take at School

  • legal research
  • legal writing
  • corporate law
  • international law
  • legal applications of computers

Qualities important to paralegals are strong communication skills, proficient computer skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and exceptional organization and research skills.

How much does a Paralegal make?

The median salary for a Paralegal is $49,500 annually. However, depending on how much experience the paralegal has and what type of law is the specialty, paralegals can make much more.

Ref: bls-paralegals-and-legal-assistants

Paralegal and Legal Assistant Job outlook

Between now and 2026, the job outlook for the profession is expected to grow 15 percent due to their growth in law firms. To keep costs down, lawyers will hire more paralegals to make their service more affordable. 

Ref: Paralegal - Find Out About Education, Training, Jobs & Salary

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