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Paralegal FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there any licensing exams for Paralegals?

    No licensing exams are required of paralegals in the state of Arizona at this time.

  • Are there jobs available?

    There is very good job availability both locally and across the United States; and the number of job openings is predicted to grow.

  • Can I advance my career with this type of education?

    Paralegals can achieve career advancement after their AAS degree by continuing their education at a four-year school.

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  • How long will it take to complete the Paralegal program?
    • Associate of Applied Science: A full-time student can complete the paralegal AAS degree requirements in four semesters.
    • Certificate: A full-time student can complete the certificate requirements in as little as three semesters.

    Students can follow a prescribed sequence of courses and finish within these times, or they may take the courses as best fits their schedule, which will require more time.

  • What is the typical salary for a Paralegal?

    Income ranges vary a great deal, with the typical starting salary in Mohave County likely to fall between $25,000 and $32,000 a year. In urban areas, experienced paralegals often earn $45,000 to $50,000. Salary is definitely commensurate with experience, and good paralegals are highly valued by most attorneys.

  • What kind of working conditions can I expect?

    Paralegals usually enjoy pleasant working conditions in a law firm, corporate office, court, professional office or other environment. Most paralegals work a 40-hour week.

  • What type of career can a Paralegal have?

    Paralegals can pursue a number of careers. Here are just a few: Title Examiner, Trust Officer, Contract Clerk, Court Employee, Government Employee, Legal Investigator or Law Firm Administrator.