The Legal Education Department is ready to help you pursue your passion, accomplish your career goals, and make a difference in people’s lives. Our graduates work in law offices, government agencies, corporations, banks and other professional settings. Our instructional team is comprised of seasoned attorneys and we challenge students with a curriculum that balances critical thinking and practical application. Students use the latest research tools and industry specific applications to acquire the critical technical proficiencies employers demand.
Our graduates are trained to provide a comprehensive range of legal services under the supervision of an attorney including assisting in courtrooms, pretrial investigations, conducting legal research, drafting legal documents and managing law offices.
If you like helping others and you want the ability to impact people’s lives, you owe it to yourself to consider one of the top 15 service oriented jobs in the nation1. Now is your time and we are ready to help prepare you for a successful and rewarding career in a growing profession2
A Rewarding Career
Many experts agree that one of the most important aspects of a rewarding career is finding an occupation that is more of a calling that a choice and helping people is a major contributor to job satisfaction. US News and World Report uses metrics like salary, job growth, and stress and work life balance to identify and rank rewarding careers. Our profession consistently ranks among the most rewarding of all social service careers. If you enjoy interacting with others on a daily basis and crave the ability to affect lives in a significant manner, then a career as a paralegal is worth looking into.
A Growing Profession
The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition had the following to say about the Paralegal/Legal Assistant field, “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…Although law firms will continue to be the largest employers of paralegals, many large corporations are increasing their in-house legal departments to cut costs. For many companies, the high cost of outside counsel makes it more economical to have an in-house legal department. This will lead to an increase in the demand for legal workers in a variety of settings, such as finance and insurance firms, consulting firms, and healthcare providers.” Our Paralegal Technology Associates in Applied Science degree qualifies you to work in all 50 states and to take the North Carolina and other national voluntary certification exams.
Real Earning Potential
Paralegals are an indispensable part of the legal system, providing support to attorneys, law offices, government agencies and corporations by performing research, investigative work and preparing legal documents. The legal system relies on paralegals for support in every area of the law. This translates into the opportunity for real earning potential. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the national median annual wages for Paralegals and Legal Assistants in 2014 was $48,350 and well above the median for the total of all occupations. There are many different factors that go into determining how much you will earn in any career such as where you work, what type of business you work in and your experience, training and education.
The Right Skills
The paralegal field is projected to grow in the coming years, but the job market will be competitive. Our department mission is centered around actively developing legal professionals with the core job competencies necessary to successfully compete in today’s job market. Our instructors actively engage students in developing the core legal knowledge, skills and abilities – paralegal job competencies needed to be competitive. We’ve made important improvements including more and better training in writing, technology, communication. We believe that a focus on the experiential dimensions of legal education should be integrated and strategically sequenced with rigorous courses from day one to graduation providing students with increasing levels of responsibility for real legal work at each stage of their development.
No one can promise you a job when you leave school, but we are committed to providing our students with the opportunity to develop the core legal knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to compete and succeed in today’s competitive job market. If you’re willing to put in the time and the effort, the Legal Education Department will help give you a chance for a rewarding career in a growing field with real earning potential.
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