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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. However, students who receive either an AAS or Paralegal Certificate are eligible to sit for the Arizona Legal Document Preparer Exam, which is an optional licensing exam that enables the LDP to assist individuals with preparing legal forms, without the direct supervision of an attorney. Legal Document Preparers are not authorized to give legal advice.

  • 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.