Law firms, legal departments of major corporations, and state and federal governments are employing paralegals by the thousands to reduce costs and increase efficiency. The use of paralegals allows them to remain competitive and serve more clients and has created an unprecedented growth of trained paralegals on a nationwide level. Paralegals have become an indispensable asset to the legal community with numbers approaching 100,000 nationwide. The end is nowhere in sight. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the paralegal job market will double in size in the next decade. Paralegals generally work side-by-side with attorneys, judges, prosecutors, or public defenders. They assist with research, preparation and analysis of documents, client and witness interview and investigation. Many paralegals are joining a growing trend, working independently or freelancing. Freelance paralegals provide support on an "as needed" basis, helping attorneys meet deadlines on special reports. THE DEMAND FOR LOW COST LEGAL SERVICES CREATES NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARALEGALS.
United States (Nationwide)