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How to Become a Paralegal? Get an Associates Paralegal Studies Degree!
The Paralegal Studies degree program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of both the theory and application of the procedures used in law offices by paralegals, enabling them to assist attorneys in areas such as research, reporting, and the preparation of legal documents, agreements, exhibits, and other relevant tasks prior to trial.
Paralegal studies degree students are also provided with client interview skills, basic investigative techniques, how to conduct legal research, and the art of briefing case law. Post-graduate employment for paralegal studies degree students is primarily in private law offices, but placement opportunities also exist in bank trust departments, insurance companies, government at all levels, and paralegal-only services.
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Santa Barbara Business College caught my eye because I could be in the legal field as a paralegal and it would only take about a year and a half.
- Lena M, ASPL, SBBCollege Graduate 2011
Paralegal Studies Degree Classes
Courses on the curriculum will cover:
- Several areas of law
- Legal terminology
- Ethical practices, procedures and confidentiality
- Interviewing of clients and investigative techniques
- Learning to use the Standard Law Library
- Specialized computer programs specifically designed for research
- Developing legal analyses and writing skills
- Familiarity with the legal forms and documents
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment for paralegals is set to increase by 15% from 2016-2026 (www.bls.gov), which is faster than average. Employment for paralegal professionals is expected to be driven by law firms choosing to employ more paralegals, who can often do the work of lawyers for less cost.
Approximately 70% of all paralegals work in private law firms. The rest work mainly as in-house legal staff for businesses, corporations or for government agencies. Paralegals may also choose to work on a self-employed basis, operating as freelance employees. Many paralegal studies degree graduates will find themselves starting as entry-level paralegals and then working their way up the ranks.
Areas of opportunity:
- Bail Bonds Assistant
- Case Briefing
- Legal Assistant
- Legal Office Receptionist
- Legal Research
- Legal Secretary
- Government Offices
- Insurance Companies
- Law Offices
- Private Businesses
Apply for our Paralegal Program!
Our admissions associates are ready to talk to you about how our paralegal studies degree program can help to shape your future career. They can discuss the program in detail, talk you through the application process and let you know about the finance options that are available.
We have programs that can meet your needs and suit your circumstances. Don’t delay; contact our admissions department now for more details about how SBBCollege can change your life forever!
- Hands-on training
- Industry standard equipment and resources
- Financial aid for those who qualify
- Career planning assistance
- Job-placement assistance