PARALEGAL CAREER OUTLOOK
ABOUT THE PROFESSION
Responsibilities of a Paralegal:
- Preparing and writing court documents, including trial notebooks and jury instructions
- Conducting client and witness interviews
- On-site investigation and photos
- Ensuring all case documents are readily available for a law firm and preparing legal documents for trial
- Performing research via online portals and reference libraries for evidence in cases
Legal specialty areas to explore:
- Boutique Firm (practices one type of law, i.e. tax, family law)
- Corporations with in-house counsel (bank, insurance company, medical company)
- Governmental Agencies (social services, defense)
- Home-Office (freelance)
Benefits of a paralegal certificate:
According to the American Bar Association, the average cost of a law degree from a private school is $34,300 annually and more than $16,800 at a public school. The median annual salary for a paralegal nation-wide is $56,230 ($65,500 in the Philadelphia region), and allows a professional to work in the legal field without the debt of a law degree. Working as a paralegal also provides a foundation of knowledge and opportunity for advancement in a law firm.
About 43,000 openings for paralegals and legal assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
The United States Bureau of Labor provides a foundation of statistics and career search data for professionals to make informed decisions regarding paralegal certification. Be sure to read the statistics below and visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website to learn more about the paralegal field and industry growth forecast.
BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
2022 Median Pay
|$59,200 per year (nation-wide)
$69,350 per year (Philadelphia area)
Work Experience in Related Occupation
Number of jobs in 2022
Job Outlook, 2022-2032
Typical Entry-Level Education
Important Notices for Distance Education Students
following includes important information for students participating in
online courses, online programs and/or on-ground clinicals or practicums
while physically located outside of Pennsylvania.
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