What Interests You...Can Paralegals Specialize?
Absolutely! Paralegals can work in many different areas of the law, including litigation, family law, corporate law, finance, personal injury, criminal law,
intellectual property, labor law, bankruptcy, oil and gas, immigration and real estate. As the law becomes more complex, paralegals become more specialized!
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest paid paralegals are in the oil and gas sector, followed by software publishing companies, computer and peripheral
equipment manufacturing and educational support services.
If You Already Have a Degree...Use It!
Let's face it, it's a tough job market out there today. If you already have a Bachelor's degree, use it. If your degree is in finance, you could be a corporate
finance paralegal; business degree...corporate paralegal; RN or BSN...nurse paralegal. Be creative! Paralegal training is relatively inexpensive, it's less than $5,000.00
to earn a paralegal certificate.
Nurse Paralegal v. Legal Nurse Consultant
A Nurse Paralegal holds an RN (no BSN required) and uses his or her expertise as a healthcare professional plus paralegal training to consult on medical-related cases.
They typically are a full-time employee of a law firm.
A Legal Nurse Consultant (known as an "LNC" or "CLNC") also is an RN (no BSN required) who uses his or her expertise as a healthcare professional plus specialized legal nurse
consultant training to consult on medical-related cases. They are "consultants" to Attorneys and work for themselves. Many nurses do this consulting "on the side," as many of
them keep their jobs at hospitals or physician offices. As with paralegal training, you can get your legal nurse certification online. This makes it convenient to study on your
own time if you already have a job. Tuition for a 7-week online certification course starts as low as $849.00, a relatively low-cost for a potentially big return on your