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Choosing Paralegal Studies as an Online Major

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Careers with Online Legal StudiesUpon the completion of Paralegal Studies Degree, you will obtain the necessary knowledge that will prepare you for your major.  Application of the knowledge and critical judgment is the core of the course of our Legal Studies program.  Paralegal studies offer you in integrating business and law compared to other paralegal specialization.  Under this major, you will be trained on how to identify and establish organizational issue based on the legal standpoint.  This will also serve as your framework in developing a business solution.  After the completion of the Paralegal studies, you will be able to contribute to the increasing demand of professionals who want to ensure that their standards, regulatory and procedures are legally met if not exceeded.

An Overview of the Paralegal Studies Online Program 

When enrolling for a Paralegal Major, make sure that the instructors are experts internationally in the field; however, they should know more than the theory.  They should have a thorough experience in the field of business and law.  Acquiring the study from someone who has an experience will give you a closer insight about the career opportunities in your field of study.  Knowledge regarding business law is important when you deal with different aspects of business including but not limited to transaction of property, development of policy, risk management, human resources and negotiations of contract.

By acquiring a Legal Studies major, you can be sure that you will be in a great position of the company both private and public and in various specialties such as environment, social responsibility, government relation, corporate policy, regulatory affairs and compliance.

Typically, Paralegal Studies Degree students are required to complete at least 39 credits.  They need to complete short courses such as general studies, elective courses, and others.  Law and Business Major are also available as part-time program.  Part-time is provided to individuals who wish to take the specialties at their own pace.  This is because of family or daytime responsibilities.  

By taking Paralegal Studies courses, you are opening your door through numerous career opportunities.

PARALEGAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES:

(Public Sector)

  1. District Attorney’s Office
  2. County Attorney’s Office
  3. Public Defender’s Office
  4. Police Departments
  5. Tax Assessor’s Office
  6. Chancery Clerk’s office
  7. Circuit Clerk’s office
  8. Attorney General’s office
  9. Department of Environmental Quality
  10. Any other state agencies like these who would require the use of a paralegal to perform legal research and draft legal documents.

(Private Sector)

  1. Law firms (numerous different types of law firms/specialized areas of the law, i.e there is a niche for everyone)
  2. Insurance companies
  3. Corporations (in house counsel for almost all large corporations that need paralegals)
  4. Banks (trust departments)
  5. Manufacturing companies
  6. Private Investigations
  7. Risk & Loss Departments
  8. Human Resource Departments 

These are just a few different areas that Paralegals can find jobs, but are not all inclusive. 

As a Paralegal expert, you can even specialize in different type of legalities after you completed your major in Paralegal Studies Degree.  You can choose Corporate Paralegal, estate Planning Paralegal, Immigration Paralegal, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Real Estate Paralegal.  The sector of paralegal is projected to increase up to 8% from years 2014-2024 which makes it a very desirable career path.*

 

*According to the US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook for Paralegal and Legal Assistants http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Legal/Paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm

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