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    Associate in Science Degree in Paralegal Studies  
    Did you know that you can work in the legal field without going to law school?  
The legal profession is exploding with job opportunities for legal assistants, also known as paralegals, who assist attorneys in their everyday practice. Originally, paralegals were clerical assistants to lawyers, but today, they are trained as professional specialists who perform many of the same substantive legal tasks as an attorney. The attorney must supervise their work, and they cannot give legal advice, negotiate, set fees, or represent clients in court.

The U.S. Department of Labor has predicted that the paralegal field will be one of the fastest growing careers of the 21st century. The demand for paralegals in the corporate sector has opened new doors of opportunity and increases the competition with law firms for qualified candidates.

    Where do legal assistants work?  
    What do legal assistants do?  
    How much are legal assistants paid?  
Salaries depend on education, experience, and area of specialization. In a recent national study conducted by the Paralegal Today magazine, the average salary reported in Florida was $40,000. Paralegals with expertise in specialty areas and paralegals supervisors have reported higher incomes both at the local and national level.

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