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What is a paralegal?

“A paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”- NALS

Paralegals are an integral part of the legal team and demand for these highly trained legal professionals is rising as law firms seek ways to keep legal costs in check. The number of paralegals has doubled in the last decade to nearly 250,000 paralegals in the U.S. The explosive growth of the paralegal profession reflects the increase in paralegal jobs and the demand for well-trained professionals to assist lawyers.

Job Market for Paralegals:

Ranked as one of the 20 best jobs in America by CNN. Money opportunities in the paralegal field are plentiful. Factors contributing to growth in the paralegal field include job attrition and a healthy legal market. Due to rising legal fees, more clients are demanding the use of paralegals over high-priced attorneys when possible. Increasing caseloads have encouraged lawyers to delegate tasks formerly reserved for attorneys and professional staff, creating more opportunities for paralegals.

One of the most exciting aspects of the paralegal profession is the diversity of employment opportunities. While many work as litigation paralegals, specializing in one or two other areas, such as contract law or incorporating businesses, there are many other areas of employment available to paralegals. Here are some of the career choices available:

  • Litigation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Immigration
  • Criminal Law
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Contract Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Real Property
  • Administrative Law
  • Court Clerk
  • Prosecutor’s Office
  • Public Defender’s Office
  • Incorporation
  • Oil and Gas
  • Environmental Law

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According to the United States Department of Labor: Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.