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Many students enter into some sort of legal or law enforcement* career with the idea of enriching the community and the welfare of its individuals. At Heald College, the legal education programs – paralegal and criminal justice – are two parts to the public welfare efforts.
Paralegals, sometimes called legal assistants, serve the law community by helping lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings through research, analysis and organization of the information. They also craft drafts for contracts, mortgages and separation agreements.
Professionals in the Criminal Justice industry center around protecting lives and property, supervising parolees on probation to prevent them from committing new crimes, and assist individuals, businesses, and attorneys by finding and analyzing information.
Projected growth for paralegal jobs nationwide from 2008-2018 is 28 percent. Criminal Justice jobs as police officers and private detectives are expected to grow at an average rate over the next 10 years.**
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* Law enforcement agencies may require additional training.
** Adapted from the Professional and Related Occupations –
www.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm Paralegals and Legal Assistants
www.bls.gov/oco/ocos160.htm Police and Detectives
www.bls.gov/oco/ocos265.htm Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
www.bls.gov/oco/ocos157.htm Private Detectives and Investigators
sections of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market data and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.