The USA Needs A Paralegal

On January 21, 2014, in Careers, by admin


Job Growth Rate from 2010 to 2020: 18%

Ready to join the ranks of paralegals at the heart of our legal system? Prepare to pursue a growing career as a paralegal by earning your associate’s degree in paralegal studies.

The legal system is at the heart of America – but you don’t need to go to law school to play a key role in it. Two years is all it could take to prepare for a career where you would be fully immersed in legal cases.

So what kinds of things do paralegals learn in paralegal studies programs that could help them prepare for this field?

Most paralegal courses, be they certificate or associate’s degree programs, skip the general education portion and focus on legal education and legal requirements.

In other words, you could earn your associate’s in as little as two years, because these programs focus on the specific knowledge you’ll need to pursue this career, without spending time on things like art history or calculus.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, as a paralegal you might investigate the facts of a case, draft contracts or other legal documents, get affidavits to be used as evidence in court, and even help lawyers during trials.

As the result of firm downsize, we saw a shift in the demands of paralegals to take over some tasks which had formally been parsed out to attorneys.

*** Five in-demand jobs to pursue with an Associate’s Degree

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