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How do I become a paralegal?

So, I'm getting ready to go to college next year and I've been considering my options. I really want to major in Criminal Justice. The original intent was to become a police detective, but lately I've been looking at other options in the law system. I'm not sure yet that I'd want to be a lawyer (If I decide that I'd go to Law School naturally), but I was thinking paralegal. I was wondering, what are the qualifications and necessary education required to become a career paralegal? Would my major in Criminal Justice be helpful, or would I need a different major?

Asked By: LiveLoveLikeMe - 2/7/2012
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Take a look at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes232011.htm for average paralegal wages (broken down by location), and look at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos114.htm for typical paralegal educational requirements, job description, job outlook, etc... More
Answered By: Hydroace - 2/8/2012
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If that is what you decide to do I would just get an associates degree in paralegal studies from a community college. You would be wasting your money getting a bachelors degree to be a paralegal, it is simply unnecessary. Also note that 99% of the law is NOT criminal law, and more than likely you would end up working... More
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Answered By: daaaave - 2/8/2012
 
You can look at http://www.howtobecomealawyerhq.com/how-to-become-a-paralegal/ to see what you have to study to become a paralegal. It's quite clear and it gives you an idea of what your career could be.
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Answered By: yup! - 2/8/2012
 
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