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The Paralegal Studies program at Peloton College is designed to prepare graduates to work under the supervision of attorneys and perform a variety of legal tasks in law firms, corporate legal departments, business entities, or government agencies. The Paralegal Studies program can be completed in 36 weeks with day classes and 45 weeks with evening classes.
What is a paralegal or legal assistant?
“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 and legal assistants 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 and legal assistants 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 and legal assistant jobs and the demand for well-trained professionals to assist lawyers.
Paralegal Studies Program Courses
The Paralegal Studies Program at Peloton College offers courses in:
- Essential Paralegal Office Skills
- Document Processing for the Law Office
- Criminal Law
- Tort Law
- Civil Litigation/Bankruptcy
- Ethics for Paralegals
- Law Office Technology
- Commercial Law
- Real Estate Law
- Business Organizations
- Employment Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- Legal Research and Writing
- Fact Gathering and Evidence
- Legal Document Preparation for Paralegals
- Wills, Trusts and Estates
- Family Law for Paralegals
- Career Development for Paralegals
Job Market for Paralegals & Legal Assistants:
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 and legal assistants 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 and legal assistants.
One of the most exciting aspects of the paralegal profession is the diversity of employment opportunities. While many work as litigation paralegals and legal assistants, 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:
- Criminal Law
- Worker’s Compensation
- Contract Law
- Corporate Law
- Real Property
- Administrative Law
- Court Clerk
- Prosecutor’s Office
- Public Defender’s Office
- 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.
For more information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, go to the following link: https://pelotoncollege.edu/student-information/