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“At 45, I finally know what I want to be when I grow up. Thanks to VCU's Continuing and Professional Education Paralegal Program. My law professors and paralegal classmates make driving 5 hours one way to Richmond not only worth the miles, but also make this professional journey one I will never forget.”

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The fact that paralegals perform a variety of tasks and are trained in advanced skills such as legal research and writing may surprise you. But it’s not a surprise to most lawyers. Paralegals have found the field satisfying, lucrative and replete with opportunity for growth. If you are thinking about becoming a part of this exciting field, you might be asking some of the following questions.

Why become a paralegal?

Paralegals are becoming an essential part of every successful law firm. Employment for paralegals is projected to grow faster than average because employers are managing costs by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once completed by lawyers. And law isn’t the only sector that utilizes paralegals; other fields include government, real estate and social services. Earning a paralegal certificate is the perfect entrée into this rewarding and growing field. 

How do I obtain the qualifications needed to succeed in the paralegal field?

The demand for paralegals is high and will continue to grow in years to come, thus bringing a high level of competition in the paralegal market, especially in the Greater Richmond area and in other parts of Virginia. Those with a formal paralegal education and experience are more likely to succeed in the legal assistant role.

What do paralegals/legal assistants do?

The term paralegal and legal assistant are often used interchangeably. Paralegals perform many functions delegated by attorneys, including but not limited to the following:

What employment options are available for paralegals?

One of the most exciting aspects of the paralegal profession is the diversity of employment opportunities. Here are some of the career choices available:

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