Paralegals may find employment with law firms, banks, insurance and real estate companies, corporations, and court offices. Contract freelance work is also an option. Paralegals are often given responsibilities previously held by lawyers. A paralegal is a lawyer's assistant who helps a lawyer prepare for a meeting or a trial. This preparation may include researching facts or laws and writing reports used during the case. However, they are not allowed to present a case in court, offer legal advice, or set legal fees. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expected a 12% growth in paralegal and legal assistant jobs from 2018-2028, which is faster than the national average of 5% for all occupations. The BLS expected the most growth for paralegals in areas such as finance, insurance, healthcare, and consulting. More demand from corporate employers was also expected. The average salary for a Paralegal in the United States is between $51,500 and $69,500 as of August 27, 2020. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the actual Paralegal position you are looking for.
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1. Complete a Formal Paralegal Education Program Consisting of At Least 18 Semester Hours of Paralegal-Specific Courses.
2. Gain Professional Legal Experience.
3. Earn Paralegal Professional Certification.
4. Consider Different Areas of Law and Find a Job.
I do know if folks who were paralegals and as a result, decided they didn't want to go to law school so if you're unsure, it may be good to do it for a year or two to be sure.
If you are interested in being a paralegal, there is no required undergraduate major. However, if you were a Political Science major, Legal Studies/Prelaw or English, the writing and logical reasoning skills transfer well to the job. There are paralegal certification programs out there, but it is not a prerequisite for the job.
You might want to see if you can shadow a paralegal at a local law firm for a week or so to get an idea of what their day-to-day life might be like!
That said, both paths are more than reasonable, of course.