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Career Opportunities

Paralegals, or legal assistants, typically work in law firms, corporations and government agencies. A Paralegal associate degree can land you an immediate job. Or, it can serve as the base for other law-related careers.

Under the supervision of a lawyer, paralegals may be expected to perform duties such as:

  • Drafting legal documents and forms
  • Handling real estate transactions
  • Interviewing clients
  • Managing various law office procedures
  • Organizing material for trial
  • Researching legal data

Earning a Paralegal degree gives you the opportunity to work in a wide range of locations, such as:

  • Law firms
  • Private businesses 
  • Large corporations in all industry sectors
  • Governmental agencies at all levels
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations such as charities and religious groups

Why Is This a Good Career Bet?

Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’s targeted occupations lists paralegal as a high-growth area this year, with more than 4,070 job openings projected across the metroplex at an average of $27.24 per hour and 29% job growth.

For jobs requiring at least an associate degree, paralegal is ranked second among CareerOneStop’s top 45 careers with the most job openings and 17th among its 45 fastest-growing occupations through 2024.