Now is the time to explore an exciting career path as a paralegal – where passion, purpose, and opportunity align in the legal field. With a growing population in need of legal services and a thriving economy, the crucial role paralegals play in the legal profession is in need more now than ever! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook the demand for paralegals is projected to rise by an impressive 14 percent through 2031, resulting in approximately 46,000 new jobs each year.
Yet, the appeal of becoming a paralegal goes far beyond the growing demand. Here are a few compelling reasons why a career as a paralegal may be for you:
1. Jobs and Money
The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the median annual wage for paralegals is more than $56,000, with San Diego’s median wage higher than the national average. Employment as a Paralegal is projected to grow at an increased rate of 14% - faster than average for all occupations.
2. Smart Career Choices
While training and working as a paralegal you’ll gain real world experience, highly sought after skills that employers are looking for, and valuable insight into the legal profession – at a fraction of the cost of law school. If you decide that pursuing a career as a lawyer aligns with your aspirations, the expertise gained as a paralegal will give you a competitive edge.
3. Dynamic and Engaging Work
Paralegal work is intellectually stimulating and always diverse. No day is the same! Paralegals have an opportunity to work directly with legal teams and clients, solve problems, and employ new technologies that enhance job performance and efficiency.
4. Endless Possibilities
Paralegals acquire a wide range of skills, from critical thinking, research, and writing to contract preparation, financial analysis, and client management. These valuable competencies make paralegals indispensable assets to legal teams across various settings. Job opportunities exist within traditional law firms, as well as within businesses ranging from national retailers, healthcare providers, and corporations to nonprofits and academic institutions.
5. Change Lives & Make a Difference
Paralegals play a crucial role in helping others and serving their communities. In most cases, a Paralegal is the client’s first point of contact, helping them navigate within the legal system. By providing essential support to both their attorneys and clients, paralegals enable legal teams to deliver the best legal services to those in need.
Ready to Get Started?
UC San Diego Extended Studies offers a Paralegal Certificate Program taught by experienced paralegals and attorneys, and features a curriculum that combines practical skills with legal theory and analysis. The program is offered in a full-time and part-time program. The program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) for the past 30 Years. Completing an ABA Approved Program has become a benchmark for many employers who hire paralegals.
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