What is a Paralegal?
Paralegal’s 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.
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At School, Paralegals may specialize
- personal injury
- criminal law
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 community colleges across the country. The community college paralegal program is generally a 2 year associate’s degree however some lawyers prefer their paralegal’s to have a bachelor’s degree from a top college.
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Courses a Paralegal will take at School
- legal research
- legal writing
- corporate law
- international law
- legal applications of computers
Qualities important to paralegal’s are strong communication skills, proficient computer skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and exceptional organization and research skills.
How much does a Paralegal make?
As of 2015 the median salary for a Paralegal was over $48,800. However, depending on how much experience the paralegal has and what type of law is the specialty, paralegals can make much more.
Paralegal and Legal Assistant Job outlook
Between now and 2024, the job outlook for the profession is expected to grow 8% due to the growth in law firms. To keep costs down, lawyers will hire more paralegals to make their service more affordable.
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