Career Details

Paralegal (Transactional)

Career Overview

Paralegals support lawyers by assisting with legal research, preparing legal documents, and organizing case-related information.

Education

Most paralegals complete a two-year college program or four-year bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies or a related field. Some have a four-year bachelor’s degree in another field and a certification in paralegal studies.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$30,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Computer Science
  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location. Job numbers appear to be growing, but there is a lot more competition out there.

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Work Environment

Paralegals generally work in law offices or legal departments, but some may also work for the government.

Schools
References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada