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What is a Paralegal

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What is a Paralegal

  1. 1. What is a Paralegal? • A paralegal is a support role to a lawyer but does not practice law. By Christina Hansen “Behind every great lawyer is a great paralegal.”
  2. 2. Duties Performed By Paralegals • Organize and maintain files • Conducting research and interviews • Preparing hearings, court proceedings, trials, meetings, and all other correspondence
  3. 3. Work Culture and Opportunities • Law firms • Organizations • Hospitals • Collection agencies • Corporations • Government agencies
  4. 4. Paralegal Specializations • Real estate • Family • Health • Environmental • Energy
  5. 5. Paralegal Requirements • Bachelors degree • Associates degree • Paralegal certificate • On the job training (a degree or certificate is not required)
  6. 6. Salary of a Paralegal (Median wages) Legal Occupations $75,270 Paralegals $46,990 Total, all other occupations $34,750
  7. 7. Job Outlook The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected paralegal occupations to increase by %28 percent from the year 2010-2018.
  8. 8. In conclusion to pursuing a career in paralegal
  9. 9. Works Cited • Everette-Nolkamper, Pamela. Fundamental of Law Office Management. 5th ed. Delmar, 2014. Print. • "Career Information." Career Information. American Bar Association, 1 Jan. 2011. Web. 17 Apr. 2015. <http://www.americanbar.org/groups/paralegals/resources/career_information.html>. • "Paralegal: Salary." Paralegal Salary Information. U.S. News & World Report LP, 1 Jan. 2015. Web. 17 Apr. 2015. <http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/paralegal/salary>.

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