Corporate Law Paralegal

There are a few ways to become a corporate paralegal, but most entrants in the field obtain an associates degree in paralegal studies, and those who have already obtained a bachelor's degree often earn a certificate in paralegal studies. Applicants with a bachelor's in Paralegal may have the greatest opportunities with top firms. Although some employers provide on the job training to an applicant straight out of high school, obtaining at least an associate's degree in paralegal studies from an accredited paralegal program would offer a competitive advantage in the labor market.

While a corporate paralegal's duties can vary greatly depending on the employer, their list of tasks is increasing as lawyers delegate more and more duties to their legal assistants or paralegals. Some of the duties that corporate paralegals may perform include monitoring government regulations, helping prepare financial reports, assisting with employee contracts, shareholder agreements, and employee benefit plans.

Corporate paralegals also generally need to have good interpersonal skills, and be able to utilize technology for basic legal research. Additionally, successful paralegals should stay abreast of basic developments or changes in the area of corporate law.

Job Outlook for Corporate Paralegals

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants is $46,990. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth. The BLS projects job growth at 17 percent through 2022, which is faster than average for all occupations.

Many corporations hire paralegals to do work formerly hired out to lawyers as a way to cut costs. Openings are also projected to increase as many people leave the profession due to retirement and other factors.

Take the first step toward a career as a corporate paralegal by researching the online paralegal programs below. Online paralegal programs offer a more flexible schedule for students that want more of a work, life balance while pursuing their education. If a campus based or ABA approved program is preferred, then visit the Paralegal Programs by State page to find a local or ABA approved paralegal program.

Florida Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Tallahassee, Lakeland, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota, West Palm Beach, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Pembroke Pines, Fort Myers

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies (Online)
  • Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies

Campuses: Tampa, Orlando, Pompano Beach, Largo, Melbourne, Lakeland

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Paralegal
  • Associate's - Paralegal

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Campuses: Royal Palm Beach

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

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Campuses: Pensacola

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal Studies

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Campuses: Altamonte Springs

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science in Legal Assisting/Paralegal

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Campuses: Lakeland

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies

Kentucky Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Lexington, Louisville

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor's in Paralegal Studies

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Campuses: Louisville

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal (AAB)

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Campuses: Florence

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Paralegal Studies
  • Associate's - Paralegal Studies

California Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Ontario, Los Angeles, La Puente, Anaheim

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal

Campuses: Salida, Stockton, Concord, San Francisco, Hayward, Fresno, Milpitas, Salinas, Rancho Cordova, Roseville

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal (Associate Degree)

Campuses: Cerritos, Los Angeles

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal Studies (Associate of Arts Degree)

Campuses: Los Angeles, Upland, Anaheim

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Paralegal

Colorado Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Colorado Springs, Thornton

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • Associate's - Paralegal

Campuses: Fort Collins, Greeley, Longmont

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal
  • Certificate - Paralegal

Texas Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Dallas

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal

Campuses: Dallas, San Antonio

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal Studies - Associate's
  • General Practice Paralegal (Evening) - Certificate
  • General Practice Paralegal (Day) - Certificate

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Campuses: Amarillo

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal - Associate's

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Campuses: San Antonio

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal (AS)

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Campuses: Austin

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal Studies

Missouri Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Springfield

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal

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Campuses: St. Joseph

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Paralegal
  • Associate's in Paralegal Studies

Washington Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Fife

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal

Campuses: Bellingham, Vancouver

Degrees Offered:

  • AS - Paralegal Studies
  • Certificate - Paralegal Studies

Nevada Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Henderson

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal

Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Pittsburgh

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal

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Campuses: Erie

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Paralegal

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Campuses: Wyomissing

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate in Specialized Business - Paralegal

Campuses: Pottsville, Dickson City

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate in Specialized Business - Paralegal

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Campuses: Summerdale

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate in Paralegal (Hybrid)

Campuses: Phoenixville, Warminster, North Wales

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Paralegal

New York Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Rochester

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal

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Campuses: New York

Degrees Offered:

  • A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies

Campuses: Amityville, Bohemia

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal

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Campuses: Bethpage

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies

Ohio Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Warrensville Heights

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

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Campuses: Dayton

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Paralegal

Campuses: Independence, Columbus, Sharonville

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Business - Paralegal

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Campuses: Cincinnati

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Paralegal Studies

Alabama Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Montgomery

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

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Campuses: Birmingham

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal (AS)

South Carolina Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Columbia

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

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Campuses: Charleston

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal

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Campuses: Greenville

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal (AAS)

Georgia Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Savannah

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

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Campuses: Atlanta

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal (AAB)

Virginia Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Glen Allen

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

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Campuses: Chesapeake

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Law

North Carolina Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: High Point

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

Campuses: Wilmington, Fayetteville, Raleigh

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal - Associate of Applied Science

Maryland Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Beltsville

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal Studies

Tennessee Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Nashville

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal Studies - Associate's
  • General Practice Paralegal - Certificate

Wyoming Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Cheyenne

Degrees Offered:

  • Certificate - Paralegal
  • Associate's - Paralegal

Indiana Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Merrillville

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal Assistant (C)
  • Paralegal (AS)

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Campuses: Indianapolis

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal

Iowa Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Cedar Rapids, IA

Degrees Offered:

  • AAS in Paralegal Studies
  • BS in Paralegal Studies

Maine Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Lewiston, ME

Degrees Offered:

  • BS in Paralegal Studies
  • AAS in Paralegal Studies

Utah Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Murray, Layton

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor's - Paralegal Studies

Campuses: West Jordan, Layton, Orem

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Paralegal
  • Associate's - Paralegal

Oregon Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Springfield, Wilsonville

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Legal Assisting/Paralegal

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Campuses: Portland

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal (Associate Degree)

Connecticut Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Windsor, Southington, Branford

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal

Oklahoma Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Oklahoma City

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal (AAS)

Idaho Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Boise

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal (AS)

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Campuses: Meridian

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal
  • Bachelor's - Paralegal

Hawaii Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Honolulu

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal (Associate Degree)

Alberta Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Calgary, Lloydminster, Lethbridge, Edmonton

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Paralegal

British Columbia Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Kelowna, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, Vancouver

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Paralegal

Campuses: Victoria, Surrey

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Paralegal

Quebec Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Quebec, Point Claire, Anjou, Laval, Longueuil, Montreal

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Paralegal - JCA. 1F

Ontario Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Mississauga, Hamilton, Ajax, Toronto, Scarborough

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Paralegal

South Dakota Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Sioux Falls

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies

Online Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • AAS in Paralegal Studies
  • BS in Paralegal Studies

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal - Associate of Applied Science (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal - Associate of Applied Business

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal
  • Bachelor's - Paralegal

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