What Can I Do with A Paralegal Degree?

When people think about being a paralegal, they oftentimes picture someone working only in the legal field. However, pursuing a paralegal degree provides endless career opportunities in many different areas which allows flexibility in a person choosing their own career path. Although some individuals with paralegal degrees choose to remain in the legal field, there are a variety of career opportunities that are outside of the courtroom.

What do Paralegals Do?

Paralegals provide a variety of invaluable services within insurance companies, banks, corporations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, offices, and law firms. Job duties often include but are not limited to conducting legal research, drafting legal documents, writing correspondence, preparing tax documents, and managing a law firm. Paralegals may also investigate cases, interview clients and witnesses, and support attorneys in preparing for trials and hearings.

Obtaining a paralegal degree opens the door to not just having a job but a lifelong and rewarding career.

Paralegal Careers

  • Discovery Liaison – Review and manage documents in the discovery phase of a court case.
  • Legal Administrator of Business – Responsible for managing all aspects of the daily running of a law firm or legal department. Duties may include overseeing budgeting and payroll operations, managing office space arrangements, gathering supplies, and overseeing other clerical employees in the legal department.
  • Claims Adjuster/Investigator – Investigate, evaluate, and settle insurance claims. Determine whether the insurance policy covers the loss claimed and decide the appropriate amount the insurance company should pay.
  • Tax Preparer – Assists clients file their income tax returns. Review client’s financial records complete all tax forms and ensure that completed forms follow legislation and regulations.
  • Bankruptcy Petition Preparer – Generate, prepare, and file bankruptcy paperwork on behalf of people filing for bankruptcy.
  • Compliance Officer – Ensuring organizations remain up to date in accordance with company, state, and federal regulations. Develop, implement, and ensure policies and procedures that keep a company operating in a legal and ethical manner.
  • Real Estate and Title Insurance Paralegal – Prepare contracts, including lease or rental agreements and closing documents. Facilitates communication between the lawyers or buyers and sellers. Other responsibilities may include, negotiating contracts, reviewing title reports, and preparing documents for eviction proceedings

Why UC Online?

  • 100% online: no campus visits are required.
  • Part-time and full-time scheduling: have the flexibility to balance work and family obligations while completing your degree.
  • American Bar Association approved.
  • All instructors are licensed attorneys with extensive experience working with paralegals.
  • High job placement rate.

If you are interested in starting the path to a rewarding and fulfilling career as a paralegal, please contact us to get started today!


Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Students must take at least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.

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