Paralegal Studies Program

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of paralegals is expected to grow 17% between 2012 and 2022faster than the national average of 10.8%. Growth is driven by restructuring in the legal industry and increased demand for paralegals, legal project managers, and litigation support/e-discovery specialists from law firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

Moreover, demand for professionals with both a strong legal background and technical skills continues to grow. Litigation Support Today states that “despite the current economic downturn, the job market for litigation support professionals continues to expand significantly at law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies and industry-wide.” This research also indicates, “salary levels for litigation support professionals across the nation have remained steady or increased, underscoring the high need for these key experts, who earn top annual salaries in the six figure levels.”

In addition, The Cowen Group, a leading provider of staffing and recruiting for Litigation Support professionals, notes in its 2014 Ninth Annual Salary Survey Report that “as a whole, corporations are predicting the biggest increased demand for Analysts, Paralegals, eDiscovery Attorneys, and Consultants.” According to this report, Washington D.C. salaries for Litigation Support Specialists are 44% above median nationwide salaries, reaching $130,000.

Salaries are also expected to increase according to salary.com, especially for litigation support specialists, though salaries vary based on practice area, experience, location, and industry. Prospective students are encouraged to research salary expectations on salary.comglassdoor.com, and payscale.com. Search for paralegal, litigation support, or litigation specialist positions.

Job Placement Rates for Program Graduates

Academic Year 2013–2014 (85% survey response rate)

  • The job placement rate for 2013-2014 graduates was 85%,
  • 74% are working as a Paralegal or in the legal field
  • 11% working in a profession other than legal
  • 11% are continuing their education

Academic Year 2012-2013 (90% survey response rate)

  • The job placement rate for 2012-2013 graduates was 87%
  • 61% are working as a Paralegal or in the legal field
  • 26% are working in a profession other than legal
  • 3% are continuing their education

Academic Year 2011-2012 (87% survey response rate)

  • 2011-2012 graduate placement rate was 78%
  • 49% working as a Paralegal or in the legal field
  • 29% working in a field other than legal
  • 12% are continuing their education

Academic Year 2010-2011 (79% survey response rate)

  • The job placement rate for 2010-2011 graduates was 75%
  • 55% working as a Paralegal or in the legal field
  • 20% working in a profession other than legal
  • 14% of graduates are continuing their education 

Academic Year 2009-2010 (74% survey response rate)

  • The job placement rate for 2009-2010 graduates was 62%
  • 43% working as a Paralegal or in the legal field
  • 19% working in a profession other than legal

Academic Year 2008-2009 (83% survey response rate)

  • The job placement rate for 2008-2009 graduates was 57%
  • 44% working as a Paralegal or in legal field
  • 13% working in a profession other than legal
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