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Paralegal Studies

In 2002, full-time,  paralegals  had median annual earnings, including bonuses of $37,950. 
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bulletin 2540)

To learn more about Paralegal Studies at York Technical College, contact Gwen Wilson or 981-7034.


Paralegals perform an increasing number of vital functions for the nationís legal offices. They work with lawyers to investigate the facts of cases and ensure that all relevant information is considered. Also, paralegals are often required to identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other materials that are relevant to assigned cases.

In addition to this preparatory work, paralegals help draft contracts, mortgages, trust instruments and other kinds of legal documents. They also may assist in preparing tax returns and planning estates.

Since the paralegal profession began in the1960s, the number of paralegals has steadily increased. Today, there are more than 200,000 paralegals working in the United States. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor has identified the paralegal profession among the fastest growing job markets through 2010, with a projected growth rate between 21 and 35 percent.

York Technical Collegeís Paralegal Specialization program provides students with a comprehensive learning experience. The program combines a strong foundation in legal concepts along with technical training in Office Systems Technology. As the level of computer literacy required in the typical law office continues to increase, this unique combination of course work gives our graduates a competitive edge in the job market.

Graduates of the Collegeís Paralegal Specialization program earn an Associate Degree. Some of our graduates may decide to continue their education by working toward a 4-year degree. Others may seek immediate employment with private law firms, corporate legal departments or with local, state and federal government agencies.

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