Overview

Paralegals help lawyers prepare for legal hearings, trials and corporate meetings by interviewing clients, performing legal research, maintaining case files, and managing tasks. Additionally, experienced paralegals may manage highly complex projects as well as oversee other legal support staff. In order to succeed in the paralegal field, students will need to develop effective critical thinking, organizational and problem solving skills, as well as enjoy working with complex ideas and information.

Enroll in the Paralegal Studies Program at Skyline College for a rewarding and highly supportive academic experience that will help you develop the skills you need to excel as a legal professional.  We offer a Certificate of Achievement which provides a head start on the road to employment and an Associate Degree for a clear path for transfer to a four-year institution.

Career Outlook

Paralegal work is intellectually challenging and offers a unique opportunity to help others while gaining respect as a legal professional. Demand for paralegals is growing as the population requires more legal services and paralegals take on more work formerly carried out by lawyers. The number of paralegal jobs in California is expected to increase by 20.1 percent, or 5,400 jobs, between 2010 and 2020 according to the Employment Development Department.

Read more on the California Occupational Guide for Paralegals and the Detailed California Guide for Paralegals and Legal Assistants.

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