According to a report published on March 15, 2017, on PRNewswire, paralegals may have more job opportunities throughout the year 2017. 21% of Lawyers who were interviewed by Robert Half Legal revealed that their company or law firm plans were to increase the number of paralegals working for them in the course of the year. Only 4% of those interviewed admitted to making plans to cut on the numbers of paralegals working in their firms.
Paralegals are therefore encouraged to get certification necessary from paralegal education programs that have been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) ass well as a college degree.
The survey conducted to furnish this information was created by Robert Half Legal, a legal recruitment and consulting resolutions firms that specialize in paralegals, lawyers, and other skilled legal professionals. The research was conducted by an independent firm that based their results on 200 phone interviews conducted with lawyers from some of the largest companies and law firms within the United States.
When asked what the educational and/or certification requirements for paralegals to work in their respective firms, 1% said High School Diploma, 28% said Associate degree, 42% Bachelor’s degree, 46% said a certificate of completion from ABA approved paralegal education program was a must, 18% said a paralegal must have both a bachelor’s degree as well as certificate in order to work in their respective firms, 3% alluded to a post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies, and the remaining 5% gave different answers or said they didn’t know the answer to the question.
According to Charles Volkert, the senior district President of Robert Half Legal, law firms and corporate legal institutions are hiring more paralegals in an effort to enhance legal services while cutting costs. There is, therefore, a high demand for paralegals with advanced education, experience, and specialization. They now have an opportunity to get employment opportunities that can earn them more money.
When Robert Half Legal was preparing their annual salary guide, the conducted a research which indicated that there was a 3.5% salary increase for paralegals in the United States in the year 2017. Those with four to six years of experience in small to medium sized firms would benefit the most from this shift as they are likely to see a salary increment of up to 5.2% which will mean earning $55,750 to $70,000 annually.
With remuneration anticipated to improve for paralegals, this would be a great time for anyone who is currently working as a paralegal or looking towards working as one to get the recommended certification and education so that they too can benefit from this change in the industry.
Robert Half Legal is one of the leading providers of consulting solutions and legal staffing for many corporate legal department and law firms across the United States. The company also offers expertise on a range of practice areas as well as highly trained legal professionals on temporary projects and full-time basis.