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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


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

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25th percentile
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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


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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