Paralegals, also called legal assistants, provide invaluable help to lawyers in their work. They perform some of the same tasks and also do legal research and write reports that lawyers use to help prepare their cases. Paralegals need good research and writing skills and should be able to use computers and work well with the public. Paralegals often start out handling routine assignments and as they gain experience they usually assume more varied tasks with additional responsibility.
Jobs are expected to grow faster than the average through 2018. The profession is the fifth fastest growing job in Iowa requiring post-secondary education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Iowa is expecting a 23% increase in employment openings through 2016. Law firms will hire more people to help lawyers prepare their cases.
What/Where the jobs are
Law offices, legal departments, insurance companies, banks, human resource departments, state or federal government.
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Edward Jorgensen, Edward.Jorgensen@iavalley.edu