Legal / Paralegal Careers

The demand for paralegals, also known as legal assistants, is one of the fastest growing occupations. Those earning their legal/paralegal degree often find themselves in high demand, and are employed in law offices, government agencies, insurance companies, and banks. Paralegals perform many of the same tasks as lawyers, including drafting contracts, estate planning, legal case research and preparing legal arguments for litigation.

Employment Opportunities

Legal/Paralegal professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Law offices
  • Insurance companies
  • Government agencies
  • Real estate and title agencies
  • Banks

Skills

Legal/Paralegal professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to analyze legal materials
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Library research skills
  • Strong writing skills

Industry Spotlight

Employment opportunities for paralegals are strong. In fact, it is projected that this field will grow by almost 22% over the next 8 years alone. Demand will be equally great for paralegals with specialty emphasis in fields including insurance, intellectual property, elder care and international law.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008