Now hiring: Labor statistics project paralegal job market booming

02.07.2017 Written by The Indiana Lawyer

They’re the silent saviors, the unsung heroes of the practice of law. Without them, most attorneys agree the show could not go on. So, it’s no surprise that the paralegal job market is in the midst of a growth spurt predicted to last for at least eight more years.

A 2016 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted 15 percent growth in the paralegal job market over a 10-year period, a rate more than twice the 7 percent increase projected across all occupations for the same timeframe.

Landing the job

One avenue into a paralegal job is to pursue a degree in paralegal studies, as did Laura Thirion, a litigation support paralegal with Katz Korin Cunningham. Or you can follow Lottie Wathen’s path and become an Indiana registered paralegal, an Indiana State Bar Association accreditation recognizing their additional knowledge and training.

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