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  • Bryant & Stratton College Blog Staff

    There are many different types of law. If you're drawn to the legal profession, it's important to understand all the options available to you. Not all court proceedings are dramatic criminal affairs like you might see on television. If you're interested in pursuing a career in law outside the criminal sphere, you may be interested in exploring civil litigation. Careers in civil litigation range from lawyers to paralegals to investigators so there is something for every educational level. Paraleg...

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  • Chris Ostrander

    In the legal industry, the proper choice of words can be the difference between a binding contract and an unofficial agreement, so it's understandable that most legal professionals want a clear-cut answer when it comes to their official title. Unfortunately, this is a very gray area. Certified legal assistants and paralegals are technically interchangeable, but many people in this field have strong feelings about which title is more appropriate for their job. The Official Definitions The America...

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    Successful paralegals are people who have a passion for the legal field - criminal, divorce, family, estate, or contract law - but prefer not to give legal advice. They love to perform research, complete forms, and keep records. They enjoy working in the back office and providing support. If that sounds good to you, read on to learn all about how to get a job as a paralegal. Paralegals and legal assistants support lawyers in their daily work: Search, locate, and use information from legal t...

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  • Bryant & Stratton College Blog Staff

    Even in such a highly competitive field, the opportunity for individuals with a paralegal degree to operate on a freelance basis is a popular choice for recent graduates. Learn about the ins and outs of pursuing a freelance opportunity in this exciting field. Paralegals are an important part of the legal system. They can do pretty much anything a lawyer can except give legal advice. The profession started in the 1960s as a way to help people at all economic levels gain access to the legal system...

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  • Bryant & Stratton College Blog Staff

    In order to pursue a career as a paralegal, there are many things you must consider. While there are no standard requirements for working as a legal assistant or paralegal, as it varies by company and location, there are certifications and degree programs that can help you become more employable. Paralegal associations provide valuable resources for paralegal training and licensing. The first step in becoming a paralegal, of course, is to earn an associates degree, which is now more convenient ...

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  • Bryant & Stratton College Blog Staff

    Paralegal studies are an ideal path to a successful law career. For some, becoming a legal secretary or paralegal is the destination point. For others, it is an opportune starting place to work their way through law school. Either way, in order to learn the skill sets necessary to work competently in one of the most competitive career fields, it is imperative that you get the right combination of practical, theoretical, and technical training so you are adequately prepared for your future job. A...

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  • Bryant & Stratton College Blog Staff

    Paralegal duties encompass a wide range of activities and responsibilities, depending on the size and type of law firm where the paralegal is employed. Paralegals, also called Legal Assistants, work directly with lawyers, and other legal professionals, to ensure every detail of a case is handled accurately and efficiently, perform legal research, and prepare and file legal documents. For some individuals, becoming a paralegal is a final career goal. For others, paralegal responsibilities serve a...

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  • Bryant & Stratton College Blog Staff

    There are a lot of factors to consider when pursuing a paralegal career.  In this role you will be the right-hand assistant to lawyers and other legal professionals. The job requires certain skills and personality traits, paired with the right training and credentials. Ann Atkinson, advanced certified paralegal and past president of the National Association for Legal Assistants (NALA), offered the following advice to aspiring paralegal professionals. Hone Your Administrative Skills Dependin...

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  • Pamela McBride

    Thinking about entering the paralegal career field? Now may be a good time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the field is projected to grow by 8 percent at pace with the average growth rate for all occupations. That translates into 21,200 jobs between 2014 and 2024. How Much do Paralegals Make? Generally, entry level positions in this field require an associate’s degree and the median annual salary is $48,810. For new paralegals, th...

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  • Bryant & Stratton College Blog Staff

    If you are considering pursuing a career as a paralegal or legal assistant, you’re not alone – according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for this position is expected to grow by 8 percent between 2014 and 2024, resulting in 21,200 new jobs during that time span. While the demand for paralegal professionals continues to grow, the job market remains extremely competitive. Accordingly, it’s important to understand the roles, work environment and level of expecta...

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  • Administrator

      There are a lot of factors to consider when pursuing a career as a paralegal.  In this role you will be the right-hand assistant to lawyers and other legal professionals. The job requires certain skills and personality traits, paired with the right training and credentials. Ann Atkinson, advanced certified paralegal and president of the National Association for Legal Assistants (NALA), offered the following advice to aspiring paralegal professionals. Hone Your Administrative Skills...

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  • Bryant & Stratton College Blog Staff

    The field of law can be very exciting and paralegals play a vital role! Whether a paralegal is working in a law firm, on a corporate legal team, or for a government agency, his/her job duties will vary from day to day. Daily tasks can include investigating the facts of a case, conducting relevant research on legal precedents, writing reports to help lawyers prepare for trials or drafting legal correspondence. What Kind of Degree is Required to be a Paralegal Degree requirements to become a para...

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  • Administrator

    As a paralegal student, or as a student who needs to cite a case or a statute in a paper, you may be wondering how to get started.  It may seem overwhelming to have both the Bryant & Stratton College APA Style Guide and the Bluebook sitting in front of you when you do not know which one is applicable to your paper. The first thing you need to know is that the Bryant & Stratton College APA Style Guide controls the vast majority of your paper.  It will assist you in setting up yo...

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  • Administrator

    In today’s internet-age information is so readily available, causing an increase in instances of plagiarism – especially accidental or ‘responsible’ plagiarism. The webinar Citation: Using APA & the Bluebook Together helped attendees identify instances where citation is necessary and what reference materials to use and how to properly cite information. Presented by Brandy Kreisler , Online Instructor at Bryant & Stratton College Online, the webinar specifically covered different fiel...

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  • Jessica Blackmer

    Are you interested in the legal field?  Do you love researching and preparing documents?  Are you the kind of person who prefers to be “behind the scenes?” If you said yes to any of these questions, a career in Paralegal Studies might be just the thing for you.  What is a Paralegal? A paralegal is a legal assistant who provides clerical support services to agencies and individuals within the legal system. Paralegals generally serve as assistants to attorneys but may p...

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