About the Paralegal Profession
The Paralegal Profession
Paralegals play key roles in law offices.
Paralegals perform legal and factual research; draft legal documents; gather facts and manage data for attorneys and, in some cases, represent clients before administrative agencies.
Paralegals are in demand.
The US Department of Labor predicts job growth for paralegals to be much faster than average, even despite the current economic downturn. Formally trained paralegals will have the best employment opportunities.
An American Bar Association(ABA) approved program ensures quality.
The ABA only approves programs that have complied with the ABA’s high standards and guidelines. Attending an ABA approved program can greatly enhance a student’s employment potential.
The College of the Canyons program is ABA approved.
In February 2010, the ABA formally approved College of the Canyons’ Paralegal Studies program. COC is the only ABA approved associates degree program in the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys.
• Employment Information from the American Bar Association
• 2016 National Utilization and Compensation Survey Report for Paralegals
Graduation Day for 2017 Paralegal students, with family members and friends in attendance.
Graduation Day for 2017 Paralegal students
Is the Paralegal Profession right for you?
The following skills and traits are typical of successful paralegals:
• You like research. A paralegal is able to perform factual and legal research.
You are organized. You organize files or documents in paper or
electronic form and can quickly locate information or documents. Good
organization skills can make or break a client’s case, help reduce
stress, and go a long way in making the paralegal an indispensable
member of a legal team.
• You are a good writer. Clear, error-free writing is an essential part of a paralegal's job.
You work well with limited supervision. You should be able to perform
an assigned task and then suggest the next steps based upon experience
and the direction of the case.
• You are flexible and work well
under pressure. Being flexible, unflappable and handling criticism well
are valuable qualities for a successful paralegal.
• You have
good people skills and a genuine desire to help clients. A paralegal
must be comfortable working with diverse groups of people.
have a positive attitude. A positive attitude is an essential quality
for working with a legal team and for successful client relations.
You are computer literate/savvy. The best paralegals are not only
comfortable with technology, but are knowledgeable about technology
The ABA stresses that paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.