How to Become a Nevada Paralegal

Learn about being a paralegal in Nevada, from Las Vegas to Reno.

Nevada Paralegal Facts and Figures

  • Number of Nevada Paralegals: 1,640
  • Length of Paralegal Study: 1 to 4 years
  • Almost 75 percent of paralegals work for law firms
  • Large Law Firms in Nevada: Lionel Sawyer & Collins; Holland & Hart

Paralegal Schools in Nevada

Nevada doesn’t have formal paralegal education requirements, but paralegals often get the training they need by earning a paralegal certificate or degree. Today employers commonly require a paralegal certificate or degree from their job candidates.

Here are the most common education tracks for Nevada paralegals:

  • A paralegal certificate from an ABA-approved paralegal school (online paralegal degrees are another option)
  • An associate of arts in paralegal studies
  • A bachelor's degree in another subject, and on-the-job training as a paralegal or legal assistant

Employment and Salary Information for Nevada Paralegals

Below are paralegal salaries for some of the largest cities in Nevada:

City Median Annual Salary*
Las Vegas $54,948
Reno $56,460

Sources: Salary.com January 2014; Nevada Paralegal II.

*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Certification Requirements

While Nevada does not have formal paralegal certification requirements, many lawyers prefer to hire certified paralegals or graduates of paralegal certificate programs. You can also increase your salary by earning paralegal certification through one of the following organizations:

  • National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
  • National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
  • American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc. (AAPI)

To find an entry-level paralegal job in Nevada, you should first seek out the best paralegal training for you. This will show lawyers that you have the legal knowledge to succeed in their law firms.

Nevada Paralegal Resources

Among the career resources for Nevada paralegals are the following organizations: 

Sources: National Law Journal; www.nevadaparalegal.org.

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