Everyone has questions about the education requirements and professional certification standards for legal support professionals as they start plotting their course into the field.
And invariably, other questions follow … ‘Can I specialize?’ … ‘What’s it like working in a law firm?’ … ‘What can expect to be paid?’
Everyone needs help finding answers, not to mention a little guidance from people who have traveled different paths into the field and found their niche in a particular area of law.
And that’s where ParalegalEDU.org comes in.
Our Mission …
ParalegalEDU.org was designed to be the first free, full-access, and fully unbiased resource for paralegals and aspiring legal paraprofessionals in the United States and Canada. The team at ParalegalEDU.org set out to create this resource with one primary objective in mind:
To anticipate the questions aspiring paralegals are likely to have and to provide them with clear and complete answers.
And there’s really only one way to accomplish a mission like this – by building a community.
Our Contributors …
This project represents the joint effort of up-and-coming paraprofessionals in the field of law, experienced paralegals, and an independent team of web developers that brought the two together to achieve our mission.
Clear answers start with clear questions. We worked closely with up-and-comers to get a real sense of what they want to know before deciding on a paraprofessional career in law, and what questions were left unanswered by other resources. The idea was simply to remove some of the mystery from a career field that has few dedicated resources by starting with peer representatives who could clearly articulate the questions they had about education, certification, scope of practice, and all the related processes.
We then partnered with experts to find answers. As any paralegal will tell you, plenty of questions can be answered with thorough research. Still, we feel strongly that experienced paralegals are in the best position to provide the kind of nuanced answers we know our readers are really looking for.
The consultants that contributed to helping us do just that include …
Gabrielle Crisp is a Certified Legal Professional (CLP) who works for a small firm in Springfield, Missouri where she specializes in family law. Gabrielle holds the honor of being named 2017 Paralegal of the Year for the Springfield area.
Dana Medley-Vogel holds a BS in Medical Technology from Missouri State University and a BS in Paralegal Studies from William Woods University. Dana has been working in the legal field for a decade, primarily in the areas of family law, employment law, civil litigation and personal injury litigation.
Angela M is a master’s-prepared educator turned paralegal with an associate’s degree in paralegal studies and 11 years experience in litigation. She has more recently gone on to work in a corporate legal department as a contract administrator in business development.
Rose M. Turzak, Esq. is a long-time paralegal who had the ambition to continue her education, earn her Juris Doctorate, take her state bar exam and become an attorney, licensed first in Ohio then in Pennsylvania.
What We Offer Here at ParalegalEDU.org …
Together this team has created some very useful guides and resources, and continues to add more all the time …
- The latest news and coverage of current events that impact the legal profession
- State-specific guides that detail any state-level certification options, the legal scope of practice under state laws, as well additional resources like local law firms and professional associations
- Student resources including comprehensive lists of ABA-approved programs, programs available through accredited schools, and internship opportunities
- Career resources including salary data by state, and information on career advancement through specialization and additional certification