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Career Change in your Future – Consider a Paralegal Career

How much do you know about the paralegal career area? 

Could a switch to a paralegal career be in your career change plans?  Career change thoughts can come at any point in our career.  These thoughts are normal and can be used to facilitate subtle change to a stagnant career, or drastic change to a completely different career.  If you are reading this, right now, you may be interested in a paralegal career; but, you might not know enough about the paralegal career area to make an informed decision.  American Institute for Paralegal Studies (AIPS) would love to help you in your career choice, and in understanding the paralegal career area. 

What is a paralegal?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines a paralegal or legal assistant as individuals who perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents.  

Where can a paralegal work?

A paralegal can work in any office or organization where law-related issues are addressed and law-related tasks are performed. 

  • Law Firms
  • City, County, State and Federal Government
  • City, County, State and Federal Court Systems
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Private Corporations
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Legal Aid Clinics 

What is the outlook for a job as a paralegal?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the paralegal career industry is expected to grow by 18% from 2010 to 2020.  Paralegals are expected to be hired to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of legal services provided to clients. 

What is the median pay range for a paralegal career?

The median range is around $47,000.  Of course, years of experience and job qualifications are the indicators of where a paralegal will land on the paralegal  pay scale. 

How to prepare for a career as a paralegal?

 Apply to the AIPS 100% Online Paralegal Certificate Program – choose the program that fits the best

Upon graduation from the AIPS, you will have your Paralegal Certificate and a paralegal skill set

If you choose to sit for the NALA CP Exam, AIPS will prepare you with the CP Text Prep Class

Apply for law-related jobs, because the paralegal skill set can be used in any law-related position 

Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics website http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm#tab-1 for more information about a paralegal career.  If you are serious about a career change, take a serious look at this amazing career area!

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  •  April 23, 2012
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