FAQs About Paralegal Programs
Can I Be an Online Paralegal?
Paralegals typically follow the work arrangements of their employers, which might include flexible schedules with some days working from home but rarely results in fully remote work. Employees of litigators are typically needed in court to help with exhibits and offer in-person support. Any hybrid work arrangements will be subject to these requirements.
How Do I Become a Certified Paralegal?
Alumni of ABA-approved or AAfPE member programs can take a certification exam offered by NALA, NFPA, or NALSP. Certified paralegals need to keep their certifications up-to-date by documenting continuing education. They may also need to take refresher exams periodically.
Can I Be a Paralegal Without a Degree?
Legal employers generally only hire paralegals who have at least an associate degree in any major plus a paralegal certificate. The applicant can also secure work with a bachelor's degree in paralegal studies and may be hired with an associate degree or certificate in the subject.
Do Paralegals Make Good Money?
The median annual wage of paralegals is about $11,000 higher than the median for all U.S. jobs. The highest earning positions are in the federal government, followed by the finance and insurance industries. The least lucrative positions are in state government.