How To Become A Paralegal
Curious about how to become a paralegal? The steps to becoming a paralegal are quite simple. The rewards of all your hard work to become a paralegal are worth it.
Get training. There are many locations all over the United States offering the training to become a paralegal. You also have online options as well. A listing of all schools offering paralegal education programs online and at campuses can be found online. You have the choice to take certificate programs or to complete a bachelor's degree program in paralegal studies. Shop around for the best rates before deciding on any one school. You may also want to determine the length of time it will take to complete the program.
- Get certification. You must choose the correct certification for the specific field in which you wish to work. Your choices include the National Association of Legal Assistants, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and the American Alliance of Paralegals. Each certification must be renewed after two years, regardless of which you choose.
- Choose a specialization. This decision is based on the area of the paralegal profession you are most interested in. Possible field choices include probate, litigation and real estate. You will want to make sure that you make the right choice for you. Once you have chosen a specialization, you will have to be re-certified in order to work in any other area of this field.
- Apply for jobs. Check your local job listings for paralegal jobs in your area. Apply to all that interest you. If you want to work outside of your local area, then search job listings for the city of your choice.
Posted on: Mar. 26, 2010