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According to Paralegal 411, there are currently no formally mandated prerequisites to become a paralegal in Arizona. Nonetheless, paralegals are highly advised to be equipped with specialized skill sets and legal knowledge to have an edge in the competitive job market. They are also recommended to obtain certifications from nationally recognized paralegal associations to legally use the “paralegal” title.
A May 2011 record from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 5,040 paralegals and legal assistants were employed in Arizona and earned an annual average wage of $48,940. This number is growing as more graduates join the paralegal workforce. While the nationwide employment of paralegals and legal assistants is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, 29.9 percent of the projected job growth is for paralegals in Arizona.
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Private law firms are the primary employers of paralegals in the state, with a large number of legal practitioners looking for extensive legal support and offering continuing opportunities for education to their assistants. Corporate legal departments and state organizations also demand comprehensive paralegal support. Additionally, real estate companies, especially in the urban areas of Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, and Tucson, are one of the emerging sectors with an increasing need for paralegal services. In the field of litigation, healthcare, and technology law, paralegals are taking on significant roles as legal firms in the state continue to expand into these specialized areas.
This positive job outlook is expected to foster a favorable hiring environment for local paralegals, especially those with paralegal degrees and national certifications from the National Association of Legal Assistants, National Federation of Paralegal Associations, and American Alliance of Paralegals.
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