According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegal and legal assistant jobs are expected to grow much faster than average at a growth rate of 8% or higher through the year 2029 with projected job openings of 37,600 in the United States.1
Furthermore, U.S. News ranked Paralegal as one of the best social service jobs of 2021.2 Trends also suggest that employers are becoming more selective and placing greater preference on paralegal candidates with a degree.3
Earning your degree now means you’ll be prepared for the jobs of the future.
As a graduate of the Bryan University Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies, examples of career opportunities may include:
As a graduate, you’ll have the skills to perform many key roles in the legal industry:
Examples of employment settings may include:
Recent trends indicate that law firms increasingly use technology and computer software for managing documents and preparing for trials. In today’s technology-driven environment, paralegals should be equipped with electronic database-management expertise and be current on the latest e-Discovery software. E-Discovery refers to all electronic materials that are searched, located and secured as resources for a trial. These include emails, text messages, phone records, accounting databases, websites and other electronic documents.
E-Discovery has quickly become a multibillion-dollar industry and a key component of the legal process, often comprising 50 percent or more of litigation costs. E-Discovery experts recognize a huge knowledge gap in the profession, leading to an ever-growing need for highly educated paralegals with the right e-Discovery training. That’s why Bryan University is committed to providing you with a unique paralegal e-Discovery education, giving you the training to prepare you for success as soon as you graduate.
Developed in collaboration with Bryan University’s distinguished Board of Advisors, the Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies Associate Degree program focuses on connecting you to the industry by providing you with the skills employers need. Your professors will be experts in paralegal science, legal technology, attorneys, litigators and recruiters.
You’ll learn the fundamentals of law, paralegal science, litigation and investigative research, while gaining in-depth expertise in database management, e-Discovery software and other legal technologies required by today’s modern law offices. In our interactive, cutting-edge online classrooms, you’ll be provided a comprehensive foundation of the industry:
When you receive an accredited associate degree in Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies from Bryan University, you’re immediately prepared for the job market. Our comprehensive course of study ensures your marketability as a highly qualified candidate ready to face the many challenges of the paralegal and legal technology workplace.
Our one-of-a-kind ELSSA™ simulation lab (E-Discovery Lab for Software, Simulation & Applications) challenges you with real-world scenarios using cutting-edge industry software, so you can build the practical expertise and experience that employers demand. In this interactive, virtual environment, you’ll learn to handle a variety of cases using the latest technologies available and develop a skillset that is primed for career growth.
Our dynamic experiential learning model (DeXL) contains industry-specific curriculum combined with computer-based learning tools, allowing you to learn interactively. You’ll receive a personalized learning experience, which includes:
Connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smart phone, tablet, or computer with BryanConnect, our online user-friendly community. At Bryan, we don’t think online learning means learning alone. You’ll become part of a vibrant community of your fellow students, alumni, instructors, and others, who provide support and celebrate your success along the way. You’ll not only develop colleagues who will help coach and assist you during your college experience, but you’ll also build a professional network—for life.
Once you complete your associate degree, you may consider continuing your education at the bachelor’s degree level. Bryan University offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies. If you have prior college credit, or you have already completed an associate degree at another institution, we will accept as many credits as possible (and potentially your entire associate degree) to help accelerate your Bryan program.
1See http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2011.00. Also see Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020/21 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm. Site visited on 2/7/2021.
2See U.S. News Best Social Service Jobs 2021.
3Robert Half©2015 Salary Guide for the Legal Field
4Note that the NALA CP credential is not required for employment. Students must complete the associated degree program to qualify to take the CP exam.
“From day one, we prepare our students to become professional working paralegals equipped with more than the academic study of substantive law, but also the practical application of litigation strategies, legal office software, and related technology.”
– Nola Wright, BA, JD, Washburn University School of Law
The Associate of Academic in Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies program is designed to prepare students for the requirements of work as a paralegal in the current and emerging legal workplace. In addition to foundational skills in paralegal sciences, graduates of the program will also be competent in the areas of conducting electronic discovery and working in a technologically mature office environment.