Paralegal Schools

There are 881 accredited paralegal schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of paralegal classes at one of these schools, you play a fundamental role in shaping the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in paralegal academia which includes paralegal training at the following levels:

  • Paralegal Certificate
  • Associates degree in Paralegal
  • Bachelors degree in Paralegal
  • Masters degree in Paralegal


Statistics

Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Paralegals

497,600 507,450 510,850 491,190 476,640
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

476,640 paralegals were working in the US in the year 2010. The number of paralegals has shrunk by 4% between 2006 and 2010.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. Until 2018 this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Paralegals

10th percentile
$27,900
25th percentile
$34,255
50th percentile
$44,090
75th percentile
$56,310
90th percentile
$69,625

Paralegals in the US earned a median salary of $44,090 per year in 2010. This is 32% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Paralegal

$40,615 $41,900 $42,990 $44,030 $44,090
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Paralegals' salaries have grown by 9% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Paralegal Student enrollment growth by degree

9,157 9,343 8,535 8,228 8,937
1,313 1,482 1,603 1,646 1,692
0 0 0 0 0
35 35 32 57 69
578 3,819 3,769 4,075 4,125
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Paralegal
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Paralegal
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Paralegal
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Paralegal
  • Grey: Certificate in Paralegal

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for paralegals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 14,727 students who graduated from paralegal degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 14,823 students graduating from paralegal schools.

This represents a 1% change in the number of graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from paralegal courses is less than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Paralegal Programs offered Nationwide

associate
585
bachelor
111
master
3
doctor
0
Certificate
261
Total960

It is interesting to note that while student graduation is up, the number of schools offering paralegal programs has decreased. In 2006 there were 703 paralegal schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 881 schools.

Paralegal Faculty Salaries

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States

  1. California95 Schools
  2. Florida59 Schools
  3. Texas55 Schools
  4. Ohio52 Schools
  5. New York33 Schools
  6. Pennsylvania32 Schools
  7. Indiana31 Schools
  8. Virginia29 Schools
  9. Michigan29 Schools
  10. Illinois27 Schools
  11. North Carolina25 Schools
  12. Minnesota25 Schools
  13. Missouri22 Schools
  14. Tennessee20 Schools
  15. New Jersey20 Schools
  16. Massachusetts20 Schools
  17. Georgia19 Schools
  18. Wisconsin19 Schools
  19. Kentucky18 Schools
  20. Arizona16 Schools
  21. Mississippi16 Schools
  22. Washington State15 Schools
  23. Alabama15 Schools
  24. Colorado15 Schools
  25. South Carolina15 Schools
  26. New Mexico13 Schools
  27. Utah12 Schools
  28. Louisiana12 Schools
  29. Maryland12 Schools
  30. West Virginia11 Schools
  31. Iowa10 Schools
  32. Kansas10 Schools
  33. Nebraska9 Schools
  34. Oregon8 Schools
  35. Connecticut8 Schools
  36. Arkansas7 Schools
  37. Nevada6 Schools
  38. Oklahoma6 Schools
  39. South Dakota5 Schools
  40. Idaho5 Schools
  41. New Hampshire3 Schools
  42. North Dakota3 Schools
  43. Delaware3 Schools
  44. Rhode Island3 Schools
  45. Montana2 Schools
  46. Alaska2 Schools
  47. Wyoming2 Schools
  48. Maine2 Schools
  49. Washington DC2 Schools
  50. Hawaii1 Schools
  51. Vermont1 Schools

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