Your Career as a Paralegal

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the field of law? As a paralegal, you can play a vital role in the everyday operations of a legal office, and be an important part of a high-energy legal team.

Branford Hall can help you prepare for a career in this exciting field. Having an education from an accredited business school like Branford Hall—and participating in our externship program—can provide you with the knowledge and practical experience to build your technical skills as a paralegal and improve your employment prospects.

The Professional Environment

As a paralegal, you will most likely be working in an office setting, such as:

  • Private law firm
  • Corporate legal department
  • Consumer agency
  • College or university
  • Judiciary office
  • Government agency

Many industries require the work of paralegals. You could work in areas such as business, real estate, health care, entertainment, sports, non-profit, or government.

Employment Outlook

Details on the job outlook for paralegals can be found in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

According to this handbook, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. The handbook also notes that as employers try to reduce costs of legal services, they are expected to hire more paralegals and legal assistants as a less costly alternative to hiring attorneys.

Earnings/Salary of Paralegals

The earnings of paralegals across the country differ based on the employees’ years of experience, level of skills, and geographic location. Entry-level paralegals typically earn less than more experienced ones. But as you gain more on-the-job experience and perform satisfactorily in your job, you can expect your salary to increase over time. More details on salary trends among paralegals can be found in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Considering a Different Career?

Still not sure if the Paralegal program is right for you? At Branford Hall Career Institute, we offer a range of career options that will start you on the path to a more satisfying job and a better life for you. Take a look at our list of programs to find the right one for you.