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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.

Paralegal Trade Schools
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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 :

Savannah: 709 Mall Road Savannah, GA 31406

Columbia: 9 Science Court Columbia, SC 29203

Montgomery: 5355 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116

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

Cleveland: 4743 Richmond Road Cleveland, OH 44128

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

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

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

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..

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

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

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Springfield: 1010 West Sunshine Springfield, MO 65807

Ontario: 1819 S. Excise Avenue Ontario, CA 91761

Anaheim: 511 North Brookhurst Suite 300 Anaheim, CA 92801

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

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

Denver: 9065 Grant St. Denver, CO 80229

Dallas: 6060 N. Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75206

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

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

Tacoma: 2156 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402

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

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

Independence: 3620 Arrowhead Avenue Independence, MO 64057

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

Lees Summit: 401 NW Murray Road Lees Summit, MO 64081

Overland Park: 10310 Mastin Overland Park, KS 66212

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..

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

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

Lakeland: 2400 Interstate Drive Lakeland, FL 33805

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

Miami: 2101 NW 117th Avenue Miami, FL 33172

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

Programs : Paralegal Studies, and more..

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

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

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

Erie: 5757 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506

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

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Scranton: Scranton, PA 18501

Set your career in motion at Virginia College.

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Birmingham: 400 Chase Park South Suite 300 Birmingham, AL 35244

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