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Notary Bulletin

Becoming A Paralegal (Infographic)

If you’re a Notary who's ever been interested in working as a paralegal, the following infographic from George Washington University provides a helpful overview of a paralegal’s duties, salary, training, and job prospects. As a Notary, you already possess many of the skills required of a great paralegal: organization, attention to detail, professionalism, and communication.

David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association.

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Mr. J

29 Sep 2014

This says "highly educated," but it doesn't really say anything specific about paralegal training. What is the typical college coursework required to become a paralegal? Is it possible to make a career transition to paralegal from other research-heavy clerical fields?

National Notary Association

29 Sep 2014

Hello, Thank you for your question. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most paralegals and legal assistants have an associate’s degree or a certificate in paralegal studies. In some cases, employers may hire college graduates with a bachelor’s degree with no legal experience or specialized education and train them on the job. More information about paralegals is available from the BLS here: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm

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