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Paralegal Education

March 18, 2011

The job of a paralegal may be to ensure that the lawyers for whom they work give an appearance of organization. Their typical task may involve document preparation, management and photocopying as well as conducting hearings and interviewing witnesses. According to the NFPA (the National Federation of Paralegal Associations) most new paralegals may prepare themselves by pursuing a traditional or online high school diploma or a bachelor’s degree.

There may be various options when it comes to paralegal training, extending from online programs to campus-based university master’s degrees.

Further Paralegal Qualifications

Some paralegal positions may require applicants to have a paralegal certificate.

The NFPA may offer the possibility of pursuing a “PACE Registered Paralegal”.

The level of paralegal education you require may largely depend for whom you want to work. Different law firms may have different requirements. It may be worthwhile to contact law firms in the area in which you intend to work to find out what their hiring policies are. There may be online directories of firms, one of them is by Martindale Hubbell (http://www.martindale.com/), hard copies of which may be available at your local library. This guide may help you seek out hiring firms by city, state and, if appropriate, specialty.

In the end your investment in paralegal education, both in time and money, may depend on your personal objectives.

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