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We have complied information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to help you get a better idea of employment in the Legal field. Below are highlights of the major professions within this industry.

Court Reporters

  • Job prospects are expected to be excellent, especially for those with certification.

  • Demand for real-time broadcast captioning and translating will spur employment growth.

  • The amount of training required to become a court reporter varies by specialization; licensure requirements vary by State.

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

  • This occupation is expected to be among those with the largest number of new jobs.

  • Opportunities should be best for applicants with extensive knowledge of software applications.

  • Secretaries and administrative assistants today perform fewer clerical tasks and are increasingly taking on the roles of information and communication managers.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

  • Most entrants have an associate degree in paralegal studies, or a bachelor's degree coupled with a certificate in paralegal studies.

  • About 7 out of 10 work for law firms; others work for corporate legal departments and government agencies.

    is projected to grow much faster than average, as employers try to reduce costs by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers.

  • Competition for jobs should continue; experienced, formally trained paralegals should have the best employment opportunities.

Lawyers

  • About 27 percent of lawyers are self-employed, either as partners in law firms or in solo practices.

  • Formal requirements to become a lawyer usually include a 4-year college degree, 3 years of law school, and passing a written bar examination; however, some requirements may vary by State.

  • Competition for admission to most law schools is intense.

  • Competition for job openings should be keen because of the large number of students graduating from law school each year.


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