Compensation and Job Outlook
According to the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) 2013 National Utilization and Compensation Survey Report, the national average value for paralegals in the year 2012 was $57,388.00 (includes both salary and bonus compensation). The job outlook for paralegals is encouraging. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paralegals is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The Bureau states that the paralegal occupation attracts many applicants, and competition for jobs will be strong. Experienced, formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects. The projected numeric change in employment from 2012 to 2022 is +46,200.
The Paralegal Studies Program is offered for paralegal education and provides course work and practical experiences designed to develop the knowledge and communication skills necessary for contribution to the legal profession. In addition, the curriculum is constructed in such a way as to provide opportunities for students to achieve higher levels of education.
The Paralegal Studies Program at the University of Toledo gathers the following employment and continuing education information on graduates within six months of graduation:
- Number of Graduates Working as a Paralegal (WP)
- Number of Graduates Working in Another Capacity in the Legal Field (WAC)
- Number of Graduates Continuing Education (CE)
- Number of Graduates Still Seeking Employment (SE)
- Number of Graduates Working in Another Field (WAF)
- Number of Graduates Unable to Contact (UC)
- Number of Graduates Not Seeking Employment at this Time (NSE)
Definition of Placement:
The Paralegal Studies Program at the University of Toledo calculated the placement rate reported in this Gainful Employment Disclosure as follows:
(WP) + (WAC) + (CE)
(Graduates) – (Exemptions*)
* Exemptions are: pregnancy, death or other health-related issues, continuing education, military service, visa restrictions, and graduates that could not be contacted.