Research issues, draft briefs or contracts, and provide vital support for attorneys. Paralegals—also known as legal assistants—perform in-depth legal work and serve as key members of legal teams.
Strong Demand & Good Pay
Demand for paralegals is expected to grow by 14% over the next decade. That’s much faster than average for all careers.
In 2021, paralegals earned median pay of $56,230. Paralegals with 4-6 years of experience typically earn $59,750 to $79,750.
Paralegals work for law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies. They collaborate with lawyers on:
- Legal and factual research
- Court and agency filings
- Contracts, mortgages, and legal agreements
- Trial documents, evidence, and witness preparation
- Real estate closings and title examinations
A paralegal is not licensed to practice law but performs specifically delegated substantive
legal work for
which a lawyer is responsible. A paralegal is bound to the same ethical principles as a lawyer.