Learn more about the Legal Studies Institute at the Open House
- About the legal profession
- How to earn a paralegal certificate
- About Northeast Florida Paralegal Association, Inc. (NEFPA)
- Current participants
- Prior program alumni
- Representatives from the Northeast Florida Paralegal Association, Inc. (NEFPA)
Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
As employers try to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of legal services, they are expected to hire more paralegals and legal assistants. Following the cutbacks experienced during the recent recession, some law firms are rebuilding their support staff by hiring paralegals. Paralegals can be a less costly alternative to lawyers and perform a wider variety of duties, including tasks once done by lawyers. This will cause an increase in demand for paralegals and legal assistants.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm (visited July 3, 2013).