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Challenging Careers: Becoming a Paralegal

15 NOV 2012
Career Path : paralegal

Many people aspire to work in the prestigious field of law. This is not only because of salary potential, but also because of the challenges that a legal career can present. Becoming a paralegal is one of the fastest ways to join the legal community—students with the right qualifications who hold the applicable Law Society certificate can look forward to fulfilling employment upon graduation.


Whether you are aspiring to become a lawyer, need to change career fields, or if you are looking for an exciting and intellectually challenging career, consider training to become a paralegal. A field that offers both stability and routine, undergoing paralegal training also has the capacity to offer exceptional challenges to employees on an everyday basis. While paralegals are not practicing attorneys, they still help lawyers prepare the arguments for pending cases, research information and organize material. When their work is attributed to a winning case, paralegals can look forward to potential bonuses.


According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the annual income of paralegals was approximately $43,000 (2006), with half of employees making more or less, depending on the area of habitation (paralegals of the New York and Washington, D.C. areas usually enjoy a significantly higher salary). The BLS also predicts that from 2006 to 2016, approximately 53,000 new job openings will be (and have been) created. Knowing that there are open positions waiting to be filled once you graduate is an incredible relief, especially for those students facing graduation in these tough financial times.


Qualified paralegals can work in a variety of law-related fields including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Corporations
  • Self-Employment
  • Government
  • Banks or Financial Institutions
  • Courts
  • Insurance companies
  • Private Title Search
  • Process Server
  • Legal Clinics


Paralegals can also choose specialty areas. These areas are:

  • Criminal law
  • Corporate law
  • Environmental law
  • Entertainment law
  • International law
  • Health care
  • Intellectual property


These careers and field specialties offer variety to students. The right paralegal training can lead to a career that provides a challenge, great pay in a stimulating environment. If you are interesting in working in a legal environment, but numbers are more your thing, consider payroll training. You’ll enjoy the same benefits and environment under the same roof—the only exception is that you’ll be working under your forte.


Training to become a paralegal can also be a great gateway into law school. If you are considering pursuing legal studies, becoming a paralegal can provide you with a very stimulating environment, and give you a very good idea of what to expect in the legal world.


Regardless of what your ambitions are, it is essential to enjoy the course of your career. Becoming a paralegal will provide you with the opportunity to grow in your career field, leaving you with a profession to be proud of.


Visit Algonquin Careers Academy for more information on paralegal courses today.