Tough Times for Law Students Mean Boom Times for Paralegals

According to the National Association for Law Placement, only 65.4 percent of current law school grads are working in a job that requires passing the bar exam, and 12 percent are unemployed. "What is going on in the market is absolutely catastrophic," said Craig Boise, dean of Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. "It is not short-term. It has been precipitated by what is going on in the economy, which is a long-term dislocation caused by the way legal services are being delivered.”

It is often said that when one door closes, another opens; in this case, new opportunities for the positions of paralegal and legal assistant are now more abundant in the changing legal field. The role of the paralegal now includes significant responsibilities including research and direct client contact. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts an 18% increase in the profession’s workforce, which means 50,000 jobs added between now and 2020. If you are interested in paralegal career training through online education, give me a call at 1-800-307-1006, extension 4746.

Information in this post came from an article on AllVoices.


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