Paralegals are the ones that help the lawyers or attorneys conduct the research, assists during the hearings and trials with the prep work before every trial. We’ll give you the basic requirements to become a paralegal.
- If you’re still in high school and you’re reading this, you might want to start inquiring about schools where you can earn your degree as a paralegal and certifications. Make sure the school you pick is approved by the American Bar Association.
- There are two ways in which you can become a paralegal. You can take and complete a paralegal certificate program for high school graduates or you can take a two year or four year paralegal program in college. It’s still important that you at least have a four year degree.
- Once you have at least a short-list of where you want to study and become a paralegal, do some research about those schools, see if they can give you different internships and the like.
- Then start choosing on a specialty, whether you want to become a paralegal in corporate law, real estate law or criminal law. And if you either want to work for the government or a big law firm.
If you have some computer skills, then improve those by learning how to be proficient in online research and legal software programs since most of your work as a paralegal will be spent in front of a computer screen doing research or writing reports.