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What do paralegals do?

Paralegals perform legal research, draft and prepare documents, and gather and organize factual information. Responsibilities differ depending upon the kind of business or firm and its size and specialization. Training as a paralegal provides instruction in basic legal principles and skills which can be transferred to various settings. In North Carolina, a paralegal cannot independently give legal advice to clients, represent clients in court, accept a case or set a fee.
 
What are salaries like for paralegals?

Legal Assistant Today, a national publication for paralegals, produces an annual report on salaries. 

 
What if I am thinking about law school?

A paralegal career offers intellectually challenging and varied work in the legal field for a much smaller investment of time and money. However, the paralegal field can be a good option for students who are interested in a legal career but who are not sure about law school or are not ready to go immediately. Training and working as a paralegal can be a way to test your interest in becoming an attorney and gaining practical skills to give you a head start in law school.

 
Does the Paralegal Program provide job placement assistance?

Meredith College receives job announcements from the legal community weekly, and offers placement assistance to students and alumni of the program. A 15-hour Professional Development course focuses on the job search. The Director of the Paralegal Program meets with each student to create customized job searches and professional development strategies.

Is ABA-Approval Necessary?

Educational programs for paralegals vary. Programs may or may not be approved or accredited. Because paralegals are not licensed, a certificate from an ABA-approved program is considered a solid indication of a quality education and the preference of many employers. 
 
What are the admission requirements?

The Paralegal Program operates with rolling admissions. An interview with the Program Director is part of the admissions process and will be scheduled after the applicant's file is complete. An application is not considered complete until all of the following documents have been received.

  • A completed application form and $30 non-refundable application fee. An official baccalaureate degree transcript. Applicants should request that their undergraduate institution send an official transcript directly to the Paralegal Program office. If the applicant has attended more than one school for undergraduate work, or has attended graduate school, transcripts from these institutions should also be requested.
  • A letter of recommendation from two persons with knowledge of the applicant’s work or academic ability. Current or former teachers and current or former employers are appropriate references. Friends are not appropriate recommenders. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ask the reference to write directly to the Paralegal Program office.
  • A personal statement of interest in the paralegal field, which will serve as a writing sample. The statement should be typed and should not exceed 500 words.
  • A current resume.

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