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The Paralegal program is a program through which students may earn an Associate in Applied Science. This program is designed to teach students primary skills in legal research, writing, and technology that provide a foundation for lifetime skills development in the paralegal field.
If the following qualities describe you, paralegal might be a good career choice:
- Good communication and people skills
- Enjoy researching and writing
- Organized and detail oriented
- Good at solving problems
- Love a challenge
Paralegal: What's the job outlook?
Projected job growth for paralegals nationwide is strong. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, projections for growth through 2018 is 28%.
Some of this growth will be attributed to shifting responsibilities from lawyers to paralegals in order to reduce costs and increase access to legal services. Most new paralegal opportunities will come from expanding agencies, while other growth will come from retiring paralegals.
Agencies at all levels of government may hire paralegals in increasing numbers and community legal assistance programs that aim to make legal services available to the previously disenfranchised-like the poor, minorities, and the elderly-will increase in demand for paralegal services.*
What will I do with my education?
The program prepares students to assist lawyers in law firms, as well as work in the legal department of corporations, banks, insurance and title companies, or other for profit and non-profit organizations. Graduates may also secure employment in various local, state, or federal government agencies. The Paralegal program combines legal theory and knowledge of the profession with the practical application skills that are required of a paralegal who is seeking an entry-level position in the legal environment and related fields.
You'll get more than career training at Heald. You'll gain professional polish so you can be an asset your first day on the job. If you're interested in this program, you can pursue the following future educational options:
- Associate in Applied Science degree in Paralegal
The above serves as a general overview for this program. For details, please refer to our academic catalog.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.
*UPL Statement (Unauthorized Practice of Law):
Paralegals and other non-lawyers may not practice law or provide any kind of advice, explanation, opinion, or recommendation to a consumer about possible legal rights, remedies, defenses, options, selection of forms, or strategies. Furthermore, paralegals and other non-lawyers shall not hold themselves out to the public to be a lawyer, expert, or give the impression in any way that they are authorized to practice law. Paralegals and non-lawyers may work under the direction of a lawyer in the preparation, research, and writings of a case including, but not limited to, interviewing clients.