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Paralegal Careers

Paralegals are a growing branch of law professionals, performing many of the more mundane tasks for lawyers, and some of the administration of legal cases. Paralegals help lawyers prepare for closings, hearings and trials, and for corporate meetings. They conduct much of the research necessary for these activities, looking at appropriate laws, judicial decisions, articles in journals and similar activities and present written reports summarizing and analyzing this information. They also help draft contracts and other legal agreements and documents, and help in tax planning and estate management. However, they are explicitly prohibited from carrying out duties which are considered to be the practice of law, for instance giving legal advice, and presenting cases in court.

Employers usually require formal training in the form of an associate or bachelor���s degree. Paralegal training programs are offered by many paralegal schools, and include the study of law and legal research methods, and some specialized areas of law such as estate planning, litigation, family law and criminal law. Students will increasingly study administration and legal information systems.

Prospects are good, with jobs projected to grow faster than average according to the US Department of Labor. Earnings are good too, with an average salary of around $35,360 and the top 10% earning as much as $56,060 in 2000.

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            AA - Paralegal Studies
            Fremont College traces its roots to Platt College’s founding in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1879, and the Southern California branch campus was established in 1986. The most significant evolution of the College started when its third CEO, Dr. Sabrina Kay, assumed leadership in 2007. Fremont College became an innovative center adopting the framework of Work-Based Learning Leadership at the Wharton School and Dr. Kay’s thesis on improved learning through practice and collaboration.
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            Jurisprudence with concentration in Legal Studies (Bachelor of Science) - Online
            • Each year since 2004, The Princeton Review has included California University in its Best in the Northeast listing, recognizing Cal U as one of the best regional universities in the northeastern United States.
            • Ranked #35 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Offers private school amenities at a public school cost.
            • Grants students in its Global Online program the same diploma as graduates from Cal U’s traditional degree programs.
            • Has an student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1.
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            Paralegal Studies (AS)
            • Ranked among the Best Grad Schools for Physician Assistants in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Dedicated to delivering quality education and personalized attention to students since 1899.
            • Provides a range of campus experiences and services online including advising, tutoring, student community, and career services.
            • Offers counseling services and a 24/7 crisis hotline to students at no extra charge.
            • Gives students and alumni access to career assistants who help with resumes, cover letters, job hunting, and more.
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            Certificate: Paralegal (Legal Studies)
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
            • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
            • Online courses help make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 24 months and a master’s degree in 12-18 months.
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