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How will your paralegal education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a paralegal degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. There are 893 traditional paralegal schools in the US.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with paralegal programs were:

  1. Boston University - located in Boston, Massachusetts
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC
  3. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in paralegal were earned by 14,823 students in the US. Of these students, 4,125 graduated from certificate programs in paralegal studies, 10,629 graduated from undergraduate programs in paralegal studies, and 69 graduated from graduate-level programs in paralegal studies.

Academics

Students can pursue education in paralegal studies at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor's Degree in Paralegal Studies
  • Master's Degree in Paralegal Studies
  • Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Paralegal students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their paralegal degree:

  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Litigation

Cost

On average in 2010, paralegal schools in the US charged $21,874 in tuition per year. The following paralegal schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana, students paid $40,584
  3. University of Richmond - located in University Of Richmond, Virginia, students paid $40,010

The following paralegal schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Florida Gulf Coast University - located in Fort Myers, Florida, students paid $4,437
  2. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  3. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, Alaska, students paid $4,910

How will your paralegal job compare?

A large number of paralegal studies majors become paralegals. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 247,940 paralegals working in the US. The states with the largest populations of paralegals are:

  1. California - 27,260 Paralegals
  2. New York - 23,350 Paralegals
  3. Florida - 19,690 Paralegals

Projected Growth

Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for paralegals to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Utah - 35%
  2. Nevada - 30%
  3. Georgia - 30%

Salary

Paralegals in the US can make an average of $47,513 per year. However, the salary for a paralegal can greatly vary based on factors such as your exact job description, shift differentials or your employer. Salaries for paralegals range from less than $15,750 per year to more than $106,460 per year. Paralegals in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Washington DC - $65,740 per year
  2. California - $59,790 per year
  3. New York - $56,920 per year

Paralegals in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Arkansas - $35,240 per year
  2. Wyoming - $36,220 per year
  3. West Virginia - $36,230 per year

 
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So what kind of job can you get after studying
paralegal studies?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
1
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 247,940 $49,640 13.9%
2
Legal Secretaries 228,700 $43,270 -13.7%