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Paralegal as a Career

Are you interested in starting a paralegal career? 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 an exciting paralegal career. 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 a paralegal career 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 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, 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 for a Paralegal Career

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.

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