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Resources for Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Many Swarthmore students express interest in becoming a paralegal immediately after graduation. According to an article published by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, a bachelor's degree has become mandatory for entry-level candidates and paralegal certificates are highly beneficial, especially in the absence of practical legal experience.

Some states require Continuing Legal Education credits for paralegals. California has the most stringent requirements. The NFPA has compiled a thorough listing of state's requirements and recommendations for paralegals.

Education/Certification Programs for Entry-Level Paralegals

  • Certified Paralegal Program The National Association of Legal Assistants provides a credential upon completion of a five-part exam.  Students with a bachelor's degree must have one year's worth of experience as a legal assistant before they can take the exam.
  • BecomeAParalegal A source that provides state-specific information for aspiring paralegal professionals including hourly and annual wage figures

Entry-Level Job Search Engines for Paralegals

  • AfterCollege A general job search website for recent college grads.
  • CareerBuilder Can search for paralegal jobs generally or narrow to entry-level positions.
  • National Legal Aid and Defender Association NLADA is a professional organization for attorneys who work for low-income clients.  Its job search engine includes paralegal jobs at legal aid organizations which may hire recent college grads.

  • Paralegal  Provide state-specific information for aspiring paralegal professionals including hourly and annual wage figures

Employers That Hire Entry-Level Paralegals and Legal Assistants