Did You Know?
Paralegals provide important legal assistance to lawyers. While attorneys meet with clients, hammer out mediations and plead cases in the courtroom, paralegals are researching, filling out important legal documents, and keeping clients up-to-date.
Although paralegals do not often show up in the courtroom, they are essential members of the legal community. The main thing that differentiates them from lawyers is that paralegals do not sit for the bar exam, and so cannot give official legal advice or present at a trial. While most of a paralegal's work is done backstage, any lawyer will tell you that they could not operate their law firm without paralegals.
Most employers require job applicants to have a certain amount of education in paralegal studies. While some law firms will train paralegals on the job, they usually require at least an associate degree in paralegal studies or a related field.
Salary & Job Outlook
Nationally, the median paralegal salary is $52,549 as of 2017, with a range from $46,468 to $59,334. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that paralegal positions will increase by 8 percent from 2014 through 2024. CNN Money and US News rank Paralegal as one of the best jobs in America.