July 31, 2015
LIVONIA, Mich. – “This is the best job market for paralegals that I’ve seen in my thirty years of paralegal education,” said Jennifer Coté, chair of the paralegal studies department at Madonna.
Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm
During the Winter Semester 2015, which concluded at the end of April, there were 49 paralegal jobs posted on Madonna University’s Career Services web site. Recent Madonna graduates work as clerks for a U.S. magistrate and a Michigan Court of Appeals judge. Others are employed in law firms, corporate legal departments (including the auto industry), banks and the U.S Attorney’s office.
According to Cote, most large law firms, corporations and government bodies require that paralegals possess a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, Madonna University’s paralegal program – approved by the American Bar Association – offers a post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies and a nurse paralegal certificate. Degree completion is available for those with an associate degree. Fall classes start September 8, 2015, and are offered weeknights, weekends and online. For information about pursuing a paralegal studies degree, call Jennifer Coté at 734-432-5570.
The National Utilization and Compensation Survey Report, published by the National Association of Legal Assistants, showed the average annual paralegal compensation for 2014 was $55,223 for the Great Lakes Region. Nationally, experienced paralegals in corporate, employee benefits and securities law were the highest paid with annual salaries ranging from $70,000 to over $100,000.
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