The Value of a Paralegal Certificate
What’s the value of a title? You may be a legal secretary in a law firm or law-related office and just don’t see the need to be called a paralegal. You know what you do. We applaud you! We just want you to know how you can benefit from a Paralegal Certificate and additional credentials. Information is empowering!
Legal Secretary and Paralegal Employment and Compensation Comparison
Check out the employment and compensation stats, below, for these two law-related career areas. Learn as much as you can about your profession…particularly, how you can better yourself for a promotion or a raise. The Bureau of Labor Statics (www.bls.gov), as we often mention, is a tremendous resource.
Mean Hourly Wage: $21.30
Mean Annual Wage: $44.310
Mean Hourly Wage: $24.02
Mean Annual Wage: $49,960
All paralegals aren’t necessarily more experienced than all legal secretaries. There are many highly qualified and experienced legal secretaries who perform paralegal tasks. The legal secretary’s wage doesn’t always reflect experience as it should. TheThe Note: The reason a paralegal receives higher compensation is mainly because of formal training and associated credentials.
The Benefit of a Paralegal Certificate
- Your certificate confirms mastery of substantive subjects and completion of training
- Your certificate allows you to work under the supervision of an attorney
- Your certificate will add law-related credibility to your work experience
- Your certificate may increase your value to your employer
- Your certificate increases the possibility of qualifying for more jobs
- Your certificate increases the possibility of higher pay
The Benefit of National Certification
There are national associations, such as NALA (http://www.nala.org/survey.aspx), that offer exams for those who desire the national certification designation of Certified Paralegal.
- Positively affects your marketability
- Shows employers your desire to be the best in your profession
- Sets you up for higher compensation than non-CP credentialed paralegals
The Importance of Formal Training
The paralegal career area is in high demand, which makes the job market highly competitive. Those with formal training should have the best job prospects.
AIPS Substantive Legal Training
Substantive legal training provides the foundation for a law-related job. The following classes and workshops are a part of our AIPS curriculum.
- American Jurisprudence
- Business Law
- Criminal Law
- Estates and Trusts
- Family Law
- Legal Research
- Tort Law
- Workshops: Lexis, Ethics, Law Office Skills, Administrative Law, Writing, Citation, Judgment & Analysis
- CP (Certified Paralegal) Test Prep Course for NALA CP Exam