Laws vary from state to state. You role as a paralegal will also very depending on which type of organization that you work for.
DOJ: Department of JusticeSSA: Social Security AdministrationDOT: Department of Treasury
You may also receive bonuses.
What you can do with a career in paralegal
Presents:<br />What you can do with a Degree in… Paralegal<br />
Participation<br />Your Personal “survival guide”<br /><ul><li> You need to participate daily by submitting discussion and homework assignments.
Active participation increases your chances of earning As and Bs.
Submit all assignments on time before the due dates.</li></li></ul><li>Lesson Objectives<br />By the completion of this lesson participants will be able to:<br />Have a solid understanding of careers available to paralegal students.<br />Know where to locate research tools for exploring the career opportunities. <br />
Section I: What Types of Careers are Available?<br />
Significant Points<br />Employment is expected to growmuch faster than average, but competition is expected<br />Best Opportunities<br />Formally trained<br />Experienced paralegals<br />Education<br />A.S. or A.A. in Paralegal studies<br />B.S. or B.A. in another field & certificate in paralegal studies<br />About 71 percent work for law firms<br />
Corporate Paralegals VS. Litigation Paralegals<br />Often Assist With…<br />
Working Conditions<br />Work in offices and law libraries<br />Occasional travel may be required<br />Generally work a standard 40-hour week<br />Most paralegals work year round<br />Some temporarily employed during peak times<br /> Overtime may be required<br />
Employment<br />Paralegals and legal assistants held about 263,800 jobs in 2008. <br />Private law firms employed 71 %<br />Remainder in corporate legal departments & government<br />Federal Government<br />DOJ is the largest employer<br />Followed by the SSA and the DOT <br />Small number of paralegals <br />Own their own businesses <br />Work as freelance legal assistants<br />
Job Outlook<br />Employment is expected to grow by 28%through 2018!<br />Why?<br />Population Growth<br />Companies Reducing Costs (Paralegals cheaper than lawyers)<br />Increase in Paralegal Responsibilities<br />Growth in Pre-Paid Legal Plans<br />Increase in the size of “In House” Legal Departments<br />
How can I separate myself from other Candidates?<br />
Section III: Certifications and Requirements<br />
NALA Certification<br />The National Association of Legal Assistants – <br />
Professional Associations<br />www.nala.org -The National Association of Legal Assistants isaprofessional association for legal assistants, providing continuing education and professional certification programs for paralegals.<br />http://aapipara.org - American Alliance Certified Paralegal (AACP) credential, a voluntary certification program.<br />www.paralegals.org - The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) offers the Registered Paralegal (RP) designation to paralegals with a bachelor's degree and at least 2 years of experience who pass an exam. <br />
Websites for Additional Information and Job Opportunities<br />http://www.bls.gov/oco/ - U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook<br />http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/paralegals - Standing Committee on Paralegals, American Bar Association<br />http://www.nals.org/ - National Association of Legal Secretaries<br />http://www.aafpe.org/ - American Association for Paralegal Education<br />http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ - This is a resource for locating and applying for job opportunities<br />