Is it hard to get a job as a paralegal?
It is extremely difficult for new paralegals to obtain employment at small to mid-size firms who do not have the time to train them. Schools are training legal assistants very poorly. ‘Paralegal jobs at good law firms’ don’t open up very often.
What qualifications do you need to become a paralegal?
A four-year bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies may be a requirement for paralegal positions with major law firms, government legal departments or in corporate law. Those who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field can consider earning a paralegal certificate, which can take several months to complete.
Is it worth it to become a paralegal?
A paralegal certificate can be valuable in a few particular instances: You have a bachelor’s degree but want to change careers quickly. You have an associate’s degree and want more credentials. You don’t have a higher education but want to get the ball rolling on a professional career.
How long do you have to go to school to be a paralegal?
Length of Education
If one invests in an associate’s degree in paralegal work, the typical program should last about two years or 4 semesters. The students who do take a bachelor’s program in paralegal work will need to be in school for four years or 8 semesters.