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Antonelli College

Join Antonelli College and study a career as a paralegal

Software proficiency, business skills and legal basics are highlighted in the associate of Applied Business Degree in Legal Assisting. Students who graduate will be ready for new employment in jobs like legal and administrative assistants in legal settings. With supplementary work experience and/or training, they may meet the criteria for advancement to such positions as legal research assistants and paralegals.

Career Outlook

The career outlook for legal assistants is excellent with job growth exceeding that of all other careers through 2012. Law firms and other employers that utilize legal staff are looking to increase the availability and effectiveness of legal services with lower costs by hiring legal assistants, thus fuelling the employment growth.

Most new jobs for paralegals in the years to come will arise from employment growth, but some openings will also happen as people change occupations. Although employment has been projected to grow quickly, many people are entering this profession, so there should be continued competition for positions. Don't let this discourage you, there are still great opportunities for legal assistants with formal training. Every firm has different professional requirements.

An expected range of duties is as follows:

  • draft documents including
    • letters and county-specific court forms
    • set up and maintain files
    • be familiar with basic definitions and legal jargon
    • deal with bills and fees
    • communicate with clients via telephone and in person
    • provide customers service
    • act as filter for attorneys.

 

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