Penn Foster News | May 2008


Lawyers in the United States are delegating more responsibility for legal work to their Paralegals. Paralegals help prepare for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. They research appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other materials relevant to pending cases. Paralegals prepare legal arguments, draft pleadings and motions, obtain affidavits, and assist attorneys during the trial.

They also assist in the drafting of contracts, mortgages, separation agreements, and tax returns. However, they are prohibited from practicing law.

“The study guides and material have been very useful...I also learned a great deal about how to use the Internet and other resources to look up and find important and critical information needed as a Paralegal. I would highly recommend this program to anyone considering the legal field for their career choice...Thank you to Penn Foster for making a difference in my life and giving me the opportunity to earn a new career that will be both life changing and rewarding.”
                                                          —Lisa Bermudez

Employed by lawyers, corporations, or the government, Paralegals can earn, on average, $34,000 a year with minimum experience, according to Payscale. Experienced Paralegals can earn $50,000 a year, or more.

Looking for a rewarding, yet demanding career? Penn Foster offers an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies, a Career Diploma in Paralegal, and a Certificate in Paralegal: Real Estate, Wills, and Estates. If you have excellent interpersonal skills, are tactful and diplomatic, respect confidences, and can review and analyze information, this might be the career for you!

Visit Penn Foster Paralegal Studies Degree for more information.

Source: PayScale Salary Survey Report for Job: Paralegal or Legal Assistant.