Paralegal Degrees: Always Trending, Especially Right Now

From our friends at indeed.com

From our friends at indeed.com

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 

Independence Day 2015, A Holiday for Flip Floppers

What was your first act of independence?

For most of us in America, it’s going to college. Whether you are a high school student moving away from home for the first time or you’re an adult degree seeker, going for your degree is a bold act of ambition. It’s a choice to be stronger and more successful as an individual.

A degree is a declaration of independence.

             Independence Day 2015, Is a Day For Flip Floppers

The American Founders, responsible for that Declaration of Independence we just celebrated, were blindfold haters. And now for a DegreeCast History Flashback!

We Americans love to talk about how brave the colonists were for standing up to the strongest government (with the biggest army) in the world. England was terrifyingly huge, much like Google or the Kardashian/Jenner family. Jefferson, Franklin, and Adams knew that declaring independence from the British crown was a BFD. No one had ever done it before.

But what drove those early 4th of July partiers wasn’t the thrill of punching out the giant.  It also wasn’t the future promise of lawn chairs, barbecued meats, and Bruce Springsteen. The colonists were simply tired of stupid games.

The British had been forcing the Americans to play an international game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. “Close your eyes and just trust us,” the Brits might have said.  “We have your best interests in mind. We’ll give you options—just let us point you in the direction.”

Tired of the control from across the Atlantic, the revolutionaries wanted to make their own choices and choose their own destinies.

And 225+ years later, we still celebrate the time the revolutionaries flipped the tables and called BS on the British blindfolders.  Sure, Americans might sometimes put the tail on the donkey’s nose, but since 1776 we do it with our eyes wide open.  It’s our choice and our (jack)ass—and that’s the way we like it.

It’s Independence Day 2015, so our question here at DegreeCast: how do you pick a degree program? Do you know the many options you have or do you trust junk mail, dated booths at college fairs, and online banner ads?

It’s Independence Day any day you want. Declare yours with DegreeCast.