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Paralegal Trade Schools

What do Paralegals Do?
Paralegals provide a vital support service to attorneys. By taking on crucial administrative duties such as fact investigation, letter-writing and legal research, paralegals allow their employers the freedom to focus directly on their cases and clients. Paralegals may accompany attorneys to court, providing evidence, documents and reports on request. They may also do fact-checking or take minutes.

There are specialized paralegal fields that may appeal to those interested in industries besides law. For example, nurse paralegals can combine knowledge and experience in medicine with a career in law. They often work at medical-legal practices where attorneys specialize in personal injury claims or health insurance investigations. Nurse paralegals will usually have a nursing qualification before attending paralegal vocational school. Paralegal programs offered by various trade schools can differ, though they generally offer the same core curriculum.

How to Become a Paralegal?
Most vocational schools offer a certificate, a two-year associate's degree or a four-year bachelor's degree in paralegal studies. Certificates take only a few months but often need to be combined with a relevant bachelor's degree. Though vocational schools don't have to be accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that graduates of accredited programs enjoy improved employment opportunities and faster job growth. Membership and certification by various voluntary societies is also not required, but again, employment opportunities may be enhanced by these additional credentials:

  • the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) designation
  • the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam
  • the Registered Paralegal (RP) designation

Wages generally depend on your education and your employer. Though technical school education cannot guarantee job security and earnings, According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics of May 2011 mean annual wages of paralegal was $49,960.

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As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

Programs : Paralegal Studies (AS), Legal Studies (BS), and more..

Campus Locations :

Montgomery: 5355 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116

Columbia: 9 Science Court Columbia, SC 29203

High Point: 3975 Premier Center Drive High Point, NC 27265

West Palm Beach: University Centre, 9801 Belvedere Road West Palm Beach, FL 33411

Virginia Beach: 301 Bendix Road, Suite 100 Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Savannah: 709 Mall Road Savannah, GA 31406

Cleveland: 4743 Richmond Road Cleveland, OH 44128

Austin: 7700 W Parmer Ln, Building A, Suite A100 Austin, TX 78729

Leave that dead-end job behind with training from Everest College.

Programs : Bachelor - Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of Science - Paralegal, and more..

Campus Locations :

Colorado Springs: 1815 Jet Wing Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Denver: 9065 Grant St. Denver, CO 80229

Springfield: 1010 West Sunshine Springfield, MO 65807

Dallas: 6060 N. Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75206

Henderson: 170 N. Stephanie Street 1st Floor Henderson, NV 89074

Anaheim: 511 North Brookhurst Suite 300 Anaheim, CA 92801

Los Angeles: 3000 S. Robertson Blvd. Ste. 300 Los Angeles, CA 90034

Ontario: 1819 S. Excise Avenue Ontario, CA 91761

Tacoma: 2156 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402

LA Puente: 12801 Crossroads Parkway South LA Puente, CA 91746

Get a quality technical education and prepare for a better job at TCI College of Technology in New York City.

Programs : Paralegal Studies, and more..

Campus Locations :

New York: 320 West 31st St. New York, NY 10001

Discover the power of ONE COURSE A MONTH® to fit education into your busy life.

Programs : Associate of Science in Paralegal, and more..

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Boise: 9050 W. Overland Road, Suite 100 Boise, ID 83709

Get a professional education designed with your future in mind at Kaplan College.

Programs : Associate of Applied Science: Paralegal Studies, and more..

Campus Locations :

San Antonio: 6441 NW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78238

Nashville: 750 Envious Lane Nashville, TN 37217

Flexible career learning to fit your busy lifestyle - National American University.

Programs : Paralegal Studies A.A.S., Paralegal Studies B.S., and more..

Campus Locations :

Independence: 3620 Arrowhead Avenue Independence, MO 64057

Sioux Falls: 5801 South Corporate Place Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Kansas City: 7490 NW 87th Street Kansas City, MO 64153

Saint Paul: 1550 W. Highway 36 Saint Paul, MN 55113

Keiser University offers degrees in fields that are in demand and provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.

Programs : Paralegal Studies, AA, Paralegal Studies, AA (Online Only), Legal Studies, BA (Online Only), and more..

Campus Locations :

Lakeland: 2400 Interstate Drive Lakeland, FL 33805

Fort Lauderdale: 1500 W. Commercial Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Melbourne: 900 S. Babcock St. Melbourne, FL 32901

Port Saint Lucie: 10330 South U.S. 1 Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952

Tallahassee: 1700 Halstead Blvd Bldg. 2 Tallahassee, FL 32309

Daytona Beach: 1800 Business Park Blvd Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Orlando: 5600 Lake Underhill Road Orlando, FL 32807

Fort Myers: 9100 Forum Corporate Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33905

Miami: 2101 NW 117th Avenue Miami, FL 33172

At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career. * Programs vary by location * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

Programs : Paralegal, and more..

Campus Locations :

Erie: 5757 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506

Dayton: 555 E. Alex-Bell Road Dayton, OH 45459

  Vatterott College is dedicated to providing students opportunities to gain the hands-on skills necessary to achieve their educational goals.

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Oklahoma City: 4621 N.W. 23rd Street Oklahoma City, OK 73127

Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.

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Scranton: Scranton, PA 18501

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