Law Careers--Paralegal/Legal Assistant

paralegal working at computer with cup of coffee and book open Can you use your Psychology degree for a career as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant?

Once you graduate with your Psychology degree, you have some choices to make. You may not have the financial resources to go to law school to become a lawyer or you don't want to go to law school. That doesn't mean you cannot have a career involving the law. One way you can do this is by becoming a paralegal or legal asistant. Paralegals and legal assistants do a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents. Paralegals and legal assistants are found in all types of organizations, but most work for law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies. 

Most paralegals and legal assistants have an associate's degree or a certificate in paralegal studies. Employers may hire college graduates with a bachelor degree with no legal experience or specialized education and train them on the job.

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Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics  lists the median yearly income for a Paralegal/ Legal Assistant at $50,500.

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Law Careers--Arbitrators/Mediators

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