Paralegals - a New Frontier in the Legal Industry

By: Fae Cheska Esperas

In the legal industry today, more and more career opportunities are becoming available to paralegals all over the country. Paralegals are individuals who specialize in a wide range of tasks; they can be providers of "first aid" to clients who are in need of legal advice, or they can gather substantial facts and information for lawyers to study. Paralegals are in demand nowadays, especially if a task involves translating legal procedures into layman's terms.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegals can earn an average of $43,040 each year, including bonuses, life insurance, leave benefits and reimbursement for continuing legal education. Scholarships are likewise provided to those who wish to study paralegal courses. Other financial aid packages meanwhile are made to support aspiring paralegals with their other needs.

The job of a paralegal used to be restricted within the confines of the legal office. But these days paralegals are needed almost everywhere, since they are also equipped with adequate legal knowledge. Paralegals can assist the media in tackling certain legal issues, provide immediate legal aid to people who need to understand their rights and privileges given a particular situation, or document some legal cases that could be of public interest.

Most of all, paralegal work is a good training ground for those who want to pursue a law degree. Why not take on paralegal work first before becoming a lawyer? This job will not just assist you in your studies; it can also offer you wider opportunities to help you boost your career.

Scholarships are made to make your college life much easier.

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