Average Salary: $56,141
Earnings of paralegals vary greatly. People who work for large law firms or in big cities earn more.
Just as paramedics do some of the front line work of doctors, paralegals do some of it for lawyers. Paralegals have the opportunity to work closely with the law and the legal system without having attended law school. They help the legal system work more efficiently by
- reviewing contracts, complaints, and other legal documents;
- preparing papers required by the legal system;
- conducting legal research;
- providing advice and direction to individuals needing counsel (advice).
Education: Four-year degree or an associate’s degree in paralegal studies
Certificates, licenses: No
Entry-level opportunities: Yes
Desirable traits and skills: Strong verbal and analytical skills; good people skills
For more information:
National Federation of Paralegal Associations
P.O. Box 33108
Kansas City, MO 64114