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Paralegal Careers

closeup photo of a paralegal at work

Under the supervision of a lawyer, paralegals may be expected to perform duties such as:

  • Drafting legal documents and forms
  • Handling real estate transactions
  • Interviewing clients
  • Managing various law office procedures
  • Organizing material for trial
  • Researching legal data

Earning a Paralegal degree gives you the opportunity to work in a wide range of locations, including not only law firms but also the legal departments of businesses such as:

  • Airlines
  • Banks
  • Corporations
  • Governmental agencies
  • Hotels
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations such as charities and religious groups
  • Restaurant chains
  • Television stations

Employment of paralegals is expected to grow 27 to 28 percent through 2018, much faster than average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job outlook on paralegals.

America’s Career Infonet gives detailed information about the skills, abilities, work activities and recommended education for jobs in the field. Average hourly and annual wages are:

Job Hourly Rate Annual Salary Projected Growth Through 2018
Paralegal or legal assistant $21.68 $45,100 27%
Legal secretary $20.48 $42,600 16%