Rising Demand for Trained Paralegals in
Nevada and Nationwide
By James L. Spoo, J.D., Sparks Municipal Court Judge and Extended Studies instructor
Paralegals have been said to perform as if on stage, blending the routine with the dramatic. Their knowledge and abilities require both breadth and intensity. Multi-functioning and optimally-performing paralegals (also termed "legal assistants") are in high demand as core professional assets.
Paralegals, under the direction of attorneys and law-related professionals, do interesting, indispensable tasks, including: preparing and processing documents; interacting with clients, law firms and courts; researching law and facts online and through other sources; scheduling critical litigation and transactional events; coordinating evidence discovery; and assisting in trial preparation and presentation.
Skilled professionals and support staff with legal office backgrounds or with experience in business, science, engineering, nonprofit, human services, government, academia and other areas can become immensely value-added paralegals. Education and experience in a variety of career areas strongly augment the legal-assistant skills paralegals possess, offering immediate and long-term value in law or law-related contexts in law offices and courts, as well as in relevant alternative career areas.
Paralegal positions are increasingly available as the economy improves, especially in Northern Nevada, where law and law-related offices serve every sector of the private and public economy. These offices, which cover an expanse of needs, interests and functions, cannot do so without large numbers of well educated and high-performing paralegals prepared to excel in this innovative, intensely-electronic, rapidly-evolving era of the law.
Reliable sources indicate a nearly 17 percent increase in demand nationwide for paralegals through 2022, and a nearly 20 percent increase in demand for paralegals in Nevada, putting the paralegal field in the top 20 in overall job increases.
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