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Paralegal Studies (Legal Assistant) Program2011-12 Program ReviewLast Review: 2006-07Current Year: 2011-12Preparers’ Names: R.J. Ruppenthal, Faculty MemberArea Dean: Dr. Jonathan KingSummary of the Department/Program (“Program”)1. Provide a brief summary of your program. Assume the reader does not know anything about it. Yourexplanation should include a brief history and a discussion of any factors that have been important tothe program’s development. Please explain the purpose of your program, what students you serve, whatservices you provide, and why these services are valuable.The paralegal and legal assistant job field is one of the fastest growing careers in the UnitedStates. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in a report updatedin June 2011, employment for paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow “much faster thanthe average for all occupations.”1In explaining the job growth in this field, the BLS report includes thefollowing information:Employers are trying to reduce costs and increase the availability and efficiency of legal servicesby hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers. Paralegals are performing a widervariety of duties, making them more useful to businesses. Demand for paralegals also is expectedto grow as an expanding population increasingly requires legal services, especially in areas suchas intellectual property, healthcare, international law, elder issues, criminal law, andenvironmental law. The growth of prepaid legal plans also should contribute to the demand forlegal services.In California, the job outlook for paralegals is strong also.According to the EmploymentDevelopment Department (EDD) Occupational Guides, “the number of Paralegals and Legal Assistantsis expected to grow much faster than average growth rate for all occupations. Jobs for Paralegals andLegal Assistants are expected to increase by 19.4 percent, or 5,500 jobs between 2008 and 2018.”2TheEDD includes this job field on its list of the state’s fastest growing professions.3There is a particularly high demand for legal professionals in Silicon Valley, since manycompanies are based here and many law firms have local offices.The BLS estimates an average salaryof $65,520 per year ($31.38 per hour) for paralegals and legal assistants in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA metropolitan area. This salary is far high than the national average, and in fact it placesthis region at #2 on BLS’ list of paralegal salaries for all metropolitan areas in the nation.4In 2000, in response to the growing demand for paralegals and perceived lack of trainingstandards in the profession, California became the first state in the nation to regulate this job field. Asa result of this legislation, both the “paralegal” and “legal assistant’ job titles are defined under1BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011, available at
2EDD Summary Occupational Guide 2011, available at

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