After You Graduate
Opportunities for paralegals are growing fast, but you should expect to face intense competition for positions. Formally trained paralegals have the best shot at landing a job. As Miami Dade County’s only American Bar Association-approved program, MDC’s Associate in Science in Paralegal Studies is your best option for that training. The numbers speak for themselves: More than 90 percent of MDC’s Law Center graduates are gainfully employed as legal professionals.
Most paralegals work in law firms, however, corporations and government agencies also employ paralegals. Hours can vary, especially in the private sector where deadlines can be very challenging.
The median wage for a full-time paralegal was $46,980, according the to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2009), however, senior-level paralegals at large firms can earn near six-figure salaries. Entry-level candidates earn roughly $30,000. Experience, education, geography, and the nature of the employer all play a role in your earning potential.
Law firms and other agencies frequently submit open position requests to The Law Center. These job opportunities are posted on our Job Posting Bulletin board located in Rm. 3506 of the Wolfson Campus.
In addition, students will complete an internship in the field as part of your studies, giving you the opportunity to build relationships within the legal community as you earn practical experience.
Continuing Your Education
While the Associate in Science degree will prepare you to seek employment, you may also opt to further your education at a university offering a four-year program in paralegal studies.
With an additional 15 credits of general education classes, you can earn an Associate in Arts along with your Associate in Science Degree. The Associate in Arts guarantees acceptance to Florida’s public universities as a junior-year student. Additionally, the college maintains articulation agreements with many private and out-of-state institutions. Speak with a Law Center advisor for more information about this great opportunity.