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Legal Assistant/Paralegal Overview

Are you interested in a legal career but don't have the time or resources to go to law school? Then consider becoming a paralegal.

Also called legal assistants, paralegals perform many of the day-to-day activities once done exclusively by lawyers. They prepare common legal documents like contracts, wills and trusts. They interview witnesses and do legal research. They prepare briefs, motions and pleadings, and then file these with the appropriate court. They do all this under the direction of the licensed attorneys for whom they work.

Paralegals can be found in a variety of office settings. These include law firms, corporate legal departments, legal aid offices, and government agencies. The demand for this skill set remains strong in most parts of the country as law firms continue to hire paralegals as a way to cut overhead costs and streamline their operations.*

As a paralegal, you'll probably be asked to work long hours -- lawyers rarely work just 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- but the challenges and rewards can be worth it. Being a paralegal gives you the opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder with successful professionals in a highly respected career field.

At Everest, you can get the knowledge, skills and experience you need to work as a paralegal or legal assistant. Everest offers a variety of two- and four-year paralegal programs, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. Choose from:

  • Paralegal (Associate degree)
  • Paralegal (Bachelor's degree)
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant (One campus only)

Want to know more about Everest's paralegal programs? Contact Everest today. A friendly Everest representative will get back to you immediately to answer your questions.

Source: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2011.00

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