Paralegal/Legal Assistant Overview
Paralegals 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. As law firms try to increase the efficiency of legal services and reduce their costs, they are expected to hire more paralegals and legal assistants. In these cases, paralegals and legal assistants can take on a “hybrid” role within the firm, performing not only traditional paralegal duties but also some of the tasks previously assigned to legal secretaries or other legal support workers. Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024.*
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.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants