Occupation Snapshot: Paralegal

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Researching, fact-checking, and strong writing skills all play important roles in the growing careers of paralegals and legal assisting. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor, the paralegal field will experience an 18% growth rate through 2020, which is higher than many other legal occupations.

Paralegals work in all types of organizations but most work at law firms, government agencies, or for the legal departments of corporations. Their core responsibility is helping lawyers prepare for hearings, trials, and corporate meetings by researching relevant laws and regulations, investigating facts in a case, gathering formal statements and affidavits and keeping them all organized. With experience, paralegals may come to specialize in certain areas of law, including family law, immigration, real estate, intellectual property, and criminal law.

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