What you can do with a career in paralegal


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  • 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

    2. 2. Presents:<br />What you can do with a Degree in… Paralegal<br />
    3. 3. Participation<br />Your Personal “survival guide”<br /><ul><li> You need to participate daily by submitting discussion and homework assignments.
    4. 4. Active participation increases your chances of earning As and Bs.
    5. 5. 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 />
    6. 6. Section I: What Types of Careers are Available?<br />
    7. 7. What do you think?<br />
    8. 8. 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 />
    9. 9. EUOL Paralegal Studies Graduates<br />
    10. 10. What Will I Do?<br />
    11. 11. Where Will I Work?<br />
    12. 12. Possible Job Titles<br />
    13. 13. Possible Specialties<br />Litigation<br />Personal Injury<br />Corporate Law<br />Criminal Law<br />Employee Benefits<br />Intellectual Property<br />Family Law<br />Real Estate<br />Immigration<br />Bankruptcy<br />Labor Law<br />
    14. 14. Corporate Paralegals VS. Litigation Paralegals<br />Often Assist With…<br />
    15. 15. 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 />
    16. 16. Questions?<br />
    17. 17. Section II: Employment in Legal Work<br />
    18. 18. 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 />
    19. 19. What is my Earning Potential?<br />
    20. 20. 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 />
    21. 21. How can I separate myself from other Candidates?<br />
    22. 22. Questions?<br />
    23. 23. Section III: Certifications and Requirements<br />
    24. 24. NALA Certification<br />The National Association of Legal Assistants – <br />
    25. 25. 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 />
    26. 26. 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 />
    27. 27. Questions?<br />
    28. 28. For Follow up questions, please contact:<br />studentservicesinfo@cci.edu<br />How can I help you?<br />