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5 Reasons to Become a Paralegal

Working as legal assistant can be a smart career choice

Have you considered working in the legal field as a paralegal? Do you like to do research? Do you have the patience to examine detailed documentation to discover hidden information? Would you enjoy interviewing clients and witnesses in advance of a trial? If so, this might be a good profession for you.

Paralegals provide a crucial role in supporting lawyers. While they don’t give legal advice to clients, or represent clients in trials, they often prepare court documents. This can be a satisfying career in a professional environment. We invite you to read more about the day-to-day tasks of this profession.

Here we consider some of the benefits of a career as a paralegal:

1. A positive job outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As law firms try to increase the efficiency of legal services and reduce their costs, they are expected to hire more paralegals and legal assistants.”

2. You can have an impact
U.S. News & World Report ranks the job of paralegal as number 15 in social service jobs, which includes any profession that involves servicing others, from hairdressers and nail technicians to counselors, psychologists, and social workers. It can be gratifying career that makes an impact on people’s lives.

3. A variety of career options
A law firm is not the only place you can work as a paralegal. The U.S Department of Labor Statistics says that “many large corporations are increasing their in-house legal departments to cut costs…This will lead to an increase in the demand for legal workers in a variety of settings, such as finance and insurance firms, consulting firms, and healthcare providers.”

4. Opportunities to specialize
As a paralegal, you can choose to specialize in an area of the law that you find interesting. As you progress in your career, your experience may lead to greater opportunities to advance into a managerial position. You might also find a position in a firm that specializes in a certain aspect of the law, or play a supportive role in a government organization or a corporation.

5. Stimulating work
Effective paralegals like solving problems, are good with details, and enjoy the challenge of managing different tasks. They also keep up to date with changing laws and relevant trends within the legal system. The work can demand strong people skills, as you’ll be interacting with clients, attorneys, and staff members to do your job.

Are you intrigued? Perhaps it’s time to do some additional research. Find out if you have what it takes to become a paralegal. Look into programs like the one at Branford Hall, and explore the paralegal courses we offer to prepare you for a career in the legal field. We wish you the best of luck in your career endeavors!

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This blog post is part of the weekly blog of Branford Hall Career Institute. We offer a paralegal program at our Southington, CT campus. Find out more about our professional training programs by contacting us online.