"Employment for paralegals and legal assistant is projected to grow much faster than average* - this is in relation to all occupations through 2014. Private law firms will still be the largest employers of paralegals, but a growing array of other organizations, such as corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real estate and title insurance firms, and banks will start to hire more and more paralegals as well. Corporations in particular are adding to their in-house legal departments to cut overhead costs. The number of available paralegal positions is expected to increase as our growing population requires increased legal services particularly with regard to intellectual property, healthcare, international law, elder law, criminal law, and environmental law." (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos114.htm#outlook)
Paralegals and legal document assistants in the state of California must get either a paralegal degree or a certificate of completion from a college or university that is accredited. Sections 6402.1(c) and 6450(c) of the California Business & Professions Code. The Legal Assisting and Paralegal Studies Program satisfies all California state laws and legal requirements. Oxnard College's Legal Assisting/Paralegal Program helps students to be a paralegal or legal document assistant with responsibility of aiding the attorney in preparation of cases for trial or arbitration, researching existing laws.