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Careers in Paralegal

Career Opportunities for Paralegal Graduates

An ABA-approved Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies degree from SIU Carbondale paves the way for a wide variety of employment opportunities, including, but not limited to, careers with:

  • law offices
  • medical offices
  • corporations
  • administrative agencies (CIA, FBI, etc.)
  • government offices
  • prisons
  • banking and financial institutions
  • insurance agencies
  • private businesses
  • law school

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Paralegals, also known as legal assistants, will find more job openings in 2011 and well into the future.  In fact, jobs for paralegals will expand by 28 percent, adding more than 74,000 jobs during the 10-year span between 2008 and 2018."

Higher Education opportunities for Paralegal Graduates

Because paralegals often go on to become lawyers, our program offers a pre-law specialization. In addition to a variety of other wonderful law schools across the country, many of our paralegal students are accepted to the SIU School of Law. Angie Scott, a 1997 graduate of the SIU Carbondale Paralegal Studies program, was ranked the #2 graduate of the 2000 SIU Law School class. In her words, “The experience that I received in dissecting and briefing cases put me well ahead of the other incoming law students. Also, my legal research and writing classes helped in getting my submitted articles published by the SIU School of Law Journal. The skills gained from my paralegal background have helped me succeed and flourish in law school.”

Paralegal Studies graduates may also wish to take advantage of SIU Carbondale’s numerous graduate programs.