Learn How to Become an Insurance Paralegal

The best way to gain entry into the paralegal profession is by earning either an associate's degree in paralegal studies or a paralegal certification. The latter is quicker but more intensive, and requires a high school diploma and sometimes a bachelors degree, depending on the program. While a degree or certification is not mandatory for entry into the field, they can provide needed education and give a competitive edge. Additional courses in specialty areas like insurance are often available.

Job Duties of an Insurance Paralegal

Paralegals in all specialties are performing more and more tasks that were traditionally done by attorneys, and the responsibility and scope of work they do should grow as their experience and knowledge of the law increases. While they cannot practice law and must work under the supervision of an attorney, attorneys are delegating more and more tasks to them because it is very cost-effective for the client to do so.

Insurance paralegals might work within a legal department of an insurance company, or for a law firm representing one. Their work might revolve around personal injury claims or other issues covered by insurance, and they can help in every step during the process of insurance claims. Duties often involve reviewing the insurance company's policies or pertinent medical information, interviewing, gathering facts in a case, preparing documents, or other paperwork involved in a case.

Insurance Paralegal's Salary and Job Outlook

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.

Explore the accredited online paralegal programs below. Any of these programs can help get you started with an excellent foundation for a career as an insurance paralegal. Request information from the schools that interest you to learn more.

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

Campuses: Lutz, New Port Richey, Ocala, Fort Myers, Tampa

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal
  • Certificate - Paralegal

Campuses: Altamonte Springs, Gainesville

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science in Legal Assisting/Paralegal

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Campuses: Pensacola

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal Studies

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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

Colorado Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Colorado Springs, Thornton

Degrees Offered:

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

Campuses: Greeley, Longmont, Fort Collins

Degrees Offered:

  • Certificate - Paralegal
  • Associate's - Paralegal

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

California Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Los Angeles, La Puente, Anaheim, Ontario

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

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

Texas Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Dallas

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal

Campuses: San Antonio, Dallas

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

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

Campuses: Patchogue, Bethpage

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science - 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)

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

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Campuses: Cincinnati

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Paralegal Studies

Campuses: Independence, Columbus, Sharonville

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Business - Paralegal

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

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

Campuses: Cedar Rapids, IA, Des Moines, 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)

Wisconsin Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Green Bay, Appleton, Wasau

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal
  • Certificate - Paralegal

Minnesota Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Brooklyn Park, St. Cloud, Lake Elmo, Bloomington, Moorhead, Mankato, Eagan, Blaine

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal
  • Certificate - Paralegal

Illinois Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Aurora, Rockford, Romeoville, Mokena

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal

Kansas Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Topeka

Degrees Offered:

  • Certificate - Paralegal
  • Associate's - Paralegal

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Campuses: Overland Park

Degrees Offered:

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

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:

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

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Paralegal - Associate of Applied Science (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal Studies (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Paralegal (Online)

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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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