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Paralegals, also known as legal assistants, assist in trial preparations, investigate facts, prepare documents such as affidavits and pleadings, and, in general, do work customarily performed by lawyers. Approximately 271,930 paralegals and legal assistants work in law firms, businesses, and government agencies all over the United States; the majority work with lawyers and legislators.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree

Certification/License

None

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Organized

Problem-Solving

Realistic

Career Ladder
Lawyer

Senior-Level Paralegal

Paralegal

Part-Time Legal Assistant