Become a Pennsylvania Paralegal

Learn about being a paralegal in Pennsylvania, from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania Paralegals Facts and Figures

  • Length of Paralegal Study: 1 to 4 years
  • Almost 75 percent of paralegals work for law firms
  • Largest Law Firms in Pennsylvania: K&L Gates; Reed Smith

Paralegal Schools in Pennsylvania

According to the Keystone Alliance of Paralegal Associations (KAPA), to become a paralegal in Pennsylvania, you must meet one of the following sets of criteria:

  • A bachelor's degree in paralegal studies from an ABA-approved paralegal program and one year of paralegal experience; or
  • A bachelor's degree in any discipline, a certificate/associate's degree from an ABA-approved paralegal program and one year of paralegal experience; or
  • A bachelor's degree in any discipline and three years of paralegal experience; or
  • An associate's degree in paralegal studies and three years of paralegal experience; or
  • A certificate from an ABA-approved paralegal program and three years of paralegal experience; or
  • An associate's degree in any discipline and five years of paralegal experience; or
  • A certificate from a non-ABA-approved paralegal program and five years of paralegal experience; or
  • Seven years of paralegal experience; or
  • The designation of CLA, CP, RP or other paralegal credential approved by KAPA and two years of paralegal experience.

As you can see, there are many options for becoming a paralegal in Pennsylvania, but the more paralegal education you have, the less on-the-job training you need.

Salary Info for Pennsylvania Paralegals

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

City Median Annual Salary*
Philadelphia $57,692
Pittsburgh $54,668
Reading $57,020
Scranton $54,724

Sources: Salary.com January 2014; Pennsylvania 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.

Pennsylvania Paralegal Resources

Among the career resources and job banks for Pennsylvania paralegals are the following organizations:

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