Paralegal Degrees: Always Trending, Especially Right Now

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There are only two possible answers to the following question:

When will you need legal advice?

  1.     Now
  2.     Soon

Buying a house? Signing a contract for a new job? Starting a company, executing a will, getting a copyright…  If you aren’t right now, you will at some point.  And so will everyone you know.

The demand for paralegals and legal assistants is exploding and will be for the next few years, according the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. Paralegals, under the supervision of a lawyer, are rising stars in the legal world, helping firms do things like write contracts and prepare cases for court.

Joseph Spada, Esq. Director of Paralegal Studies at Boston University

“You are looked at as a rainmaker …paralegals are becoming in more vogue,” says Joseph Spada.

While a paralegal cannot give legal advice, modern paralegals have become profit centers for forward thinking law firms. “You’re looked at as a rainmaker,” says Joseph Spada, Esq, the program director of Boston University’s paralegal certificate certification program. Spada adds, “paralegals bill for their time and are able to create revenue for a law firm…paralegals are becoming more in vogue.”

We live in a world that rewards those who know the rules—and punishes those who don’t.  That’s why people who work in the legal profession are always in demand. Think of training in the legal field as the little black dress of the professional world. The Rolex of scholarly pursuits. The red convertible roadster of academia. Paralegal study never goes out of style.

"a paralegal on the team"

“A well-trained paralegal can be a great asset to the team” according to Kate Kleba.

“Increasingly, paralegals are taking on a greater responsibility in cases and deals,” says Kate Kleba, Esq., a lawyer at a firm in Philadelphia. “A well-trained paralegal can be a great asset to the team.”

And the best news is some of these paralegal degrees and certificate programs can be done entirely online, even at top-rated, prestigious institutions like Boston University. You can be anywhere online improving yourself and your family’s lives.

Want to study coursework in Real Estate Law, Probate and Family Law, and/or Business Law?  Or is Litigation your game?

It’s time to catch this industry’s wave as it’s rising.  It’s your adventure. Begin your legal studies and launch your future… now.

Sources:

Boston University Paralegal Webinar, July 2015.  time stamp 4:18-4:42 – Visit paralegalonline.bu.edu/ to watch this recent webinar recording or contact enrollment@paralegalonline.bu.edu for more information on upcoming events.

– U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook – Paralegals and Legal   Assistants 

Spotlight: A New Degree Brings New Opportunities

A promising and exciting career awaits you...

Returning to school can unlock life opportunities and new career options.

Adults return to school for many reasons, such as new professional opportunities or for personal reasons like maintaining intellectual stimulation after retirement. For some people, finishing and old degree or adding a new degree can lead to better job prospects in their chosen field. For others, they feel a new degree prepares them for a career change altogether.

Meet Dale Blasingame, social media director at Beacon Internet Services. Dale worked for 10 years in traditional broadcast media. His original degree was in journalism, but after one year in radio news and nine years in television news, he felt he was stagnating. “I was not a happy person in my old job,” he tells DegreeCast. “My new career is a complete left turn.”

Dale returned to his alma mater, Texas State University, to pursue his Master’s degree in Journalism with a focus on New Media. He defended his thesis in the summer of 2011, and he has already reaped the benefits of this new career path. “I don’t regret it at all,” he says. “I’m glad I made the decision I did. I’m more relaxed now, and I think I’m a happier person to be around. I really like the academic environment, and now I think I’d like to get my PhD. Not immediately, but somewhere down the road.”

Dale says returning to school wasn’t a higher calling, but a practical decision. For him, it was the right time and he was in the right place to consider a career change. It also enhanced his personal life by offering experiences he didn’t initially consider. His intention was to write his thesis on crime news in broadcast journalism, but he realized the topic was overdone. And then opportunity knocked.

Texas State University was offering a course on the popular South By Southwest music and media festival in Austin, Texas. Dale was among the students sent to attend the festival, and it wasn’t long before he had an epiphany. “I turned to my instructor and said, ‘I’m changing my thesis. This is what I want to do.’ It was eye-opening. Now I cover SXSW for one of the TV stations in San Antonio. Going to grad school gave me the breathing room and the opportunity to do SXSW, and it changed my life.”

Given his previous life and work experience in traditional broadcast media, working on the thesis was perhaps easier for him than for a student fresh out of the undergrad programs. “I had connections. When it came time to write my thesis, I had interviews lined up in 20 minutes. I knew the relevant people.”

He also credits his previous work experience with helping him through grad school as a whole. “I wanted to go to grad school when I was an undergrad, but I’m really glad I waited those ten years. I was one of the few people in our classes who had real world experiences with the stuff we were discussing.For example, we studied the media reaction to 9/11. I was working in the newsroom on 9/11. I had something to share that was relevant.”

The idea of returning to school can be a daunting one. When asked about this, Dale responded, “The first test, I freaked out. We only had to write short essays, but it was a feeling I hadn’t had in a long time. I had a couple of classmates older than I, and it turned out that age wasn’t a big deal.”

Is returning to school the right choice for you? We cannot guarantee it is, but we can leave with you Dale’s final thoughts on the matter: “I got so much more out of it because I did wait.”

Have you returned to school to finish or add a degree? Leave us a comment and tell us what your experiences were.