(Note: Only the Herzing University paralegal programs at New Orleans and Atlanta are approved by the American Bar Association.)
Today, paralegal professionals are handling many of the tasks traditionally done by lawyers. At law firms and corporations, they handle such important projects as:
In addition they help draft contracts, mortgages and separation agreements as well as assisting in preparing tax returns, establishing trust funds and planning estates. Some paralegals coordinate the activities of other law office employees and maintain financial office records.
The demand for paralegals is expected to grow in expanding areas such as intellectual property, healthcare, international law, elder issues, criminal law and environmental law. The growth of prepaid legal plans should also provide new opportunities in this field.
Paralegals and legal assistants work in every field of law. They handle most of their work in offices and law libraries. Occasionally, they travel to gather information and perform other duties. Those employed by corporations and government usually work a standard 40-hour week while those in law firms sometimes put in very long hours under great pressure to meet deadlines.
The information below reflects aggregated data from all of the Herzing University campuses that have students enrolled in the specified program in the specified time period. The information does not reflect data regarding individual campuses unless only one campus had students to report. The reporting period used to obtain this data was 7/1/2012-6/30/2013. If there were less than 10 graduates in a program, median loan debt and on-time completion data were not disclosed for that program to protect the privacy of those students. Tuition and length may vary by campus location. Ranges could not be input for tuition and length, therefore tuition and length reported are the highest tuition rates and longest program length to encompass all campuses. For information regarding specific campus tuition please refer to http://www.herzing.edu/tuition-financial-aid  . For a more detailed description of how the data was calculated please refer to the Disclosure Methodology located here http://www.herzing.edu/files/2014Disclosures-Methodology.pdf  .
Graduates of the Associate of Science in Legal Studies or the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs are eligible to take the Certified Paralegal examination offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).