Attend our Paralegal Studies Information Session/Orientation on Thursday, Nov., 21, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St., in the Ethics and Social Science Building (ES), Room 104. Learn more about the Paralegal Studies programs (A.S., B.A.S., and post baccalaureate certificate) and everything you need to know about becoming a paralegal. Please RSVP online or call 727-341-3172.
Paralegals are instrumental in the day-to-day operation of the many entities and offices that practice law. Law offices, corporations and governmental offices are just a few examples of potential employment for a paralegal. Organizational skills remains one of the highest attributes a paralegal can maintain.
For many years, paralegals have assisted attorneys in every aspect of their practices, but there have been few defined standards. This is changing rapidly and Florida is one of the states leading the way.
Paralegals are not licensed attorneys. A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.
The most recent paralegal study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that nationally:
Florida Bar studies have similar findings, but all of the national paralegal organizations agree that to be employable in this exciting field, your starting point is a solid paralegal education. St. Petersburg College is proud to offer its American Bar Association-approved and regionally accredited program for your consideration.