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Certified paralegals play an extremely important role in the legal industry. This 100% online course, which can be started and finished at any time, will prepare you for the Certified Paralegal exam, offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants). You will learn how to perform a variety of tasks that paralegals experience every day, such as legal research, interviews, analysis and more.
"It was different than going to a classroom, but I really enjoyed this course! Now that I've finished, I help file motions for everything from reopening cases to filing for telephonic appeals."
– Sonjie A.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for paralegals will grow by 15% through 2026, which is faster than most other positions.
The BLS states that the average annual salary for paralegals is $50,000. However, salary can increase depending on your law specialty and your experience level.
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Industry-recognized credential: National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA),Certified Paralegal/Certified Legal Assistant (CP/CLA)
Complete in: Six month or less
Paralegals perform many duties that attorneys also perform. Paralegals can conduct legal research, draft contracts, pleadings and other legal documents, answer client questions and help prepare for trial.
U.S. News and World Report listed paralegal as No. 2 on its list of "Best Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree." Paralegals were also included on the "The 100 Best Jobs" list overall based on salary, job market, potential growth and work-life balance.
Paralegals can choose to specialize in different types of law, such as criminal, family, immigration, real estate, etc.
No. Paralegals are responsible for performing many of the tasks an attorney would do otherwise, such as conducting legal research or preparing a case file. They are often viewed as an extension of the attorney. Legal secretaries fill a more administrative role within a law firm.
Paralegals can work in any state because, unlike attorneys, paralegals are not bound to a specific state licensing board. In other words, a paralegal certification is valuable nationwide.
Yes, you can go from a paralegal to a lawyer. Starting as a paralegal can provide great insight into how the legal system works. However, you will need a bachelor's degree before you can apply for law school and pass a state bar exam.