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All Criminal Justice Schools has compiled the most current and complete information on the paralegal profession.

With lawyers increasingly using paralegals to make their work more efficient and cost-effective, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts the occupation to grow by 17 percent through 2022, which is faster than average. 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.

Keep reading to find out how to join the thousands of people who enter the paralegal field every year.

Paralegal Career Information

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What is a Paralegal? Get a quick overview of paralegal job duties, workplaces and professional dos and don'ts.

Paralegal Specialties. Learn what the most popular paralegal specialties have in common. Topics covered include litigation paralegal, corporate paralegal, labor law, real estate and more.

Paralegal Salaries. Law firms are the largest employer of paralegals, but what is the median annual salary for paralegals? Find out here.  

Paralegals vs. Legal Assistants. These terms are often considered synonymous. However, recent efforts by the National Association of Legal Assistants to clarify the roles could change that.

Paralegal Certification. Paralegal certification is voluntary, but certified paralegals may be viewed more favorably by some employers.

Paralegal Education

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Paralegal Schools. Know your priorities. Considerations such as location, flexibility, faculty and internships are some of the more important factors when choosing your paralegal school.

Paralegal Degrees and Programs. Depending on your needs and goals, you can start a paralegal career with a paralegal certificate, associate's, or online paralegal degree. Here are the benefits of each.

Paralegal Courses. Campus-based and online paralegal programs offer many of the same courses. This article gives you a peek at typical paralegal courses and a sample curriculum of common paralegal programs.

Paralegal Accreditation. Get answers about accreditation. Find out which organizations accredit paralegal programs and how important accreditation is to your future employer.