Legal studies schools in Nova Scotia award two-year associate’s degrees that focus on paralegal and legal assistant studies. A career as a paralegal is one of the fastest growing occupations according the employment projections. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the occupation is expected to grow 30% over the next seven years, due to increased demand for paralegal services. Courses include wills and estates, corporate law, personal injury law, criminal law, family law, civil procedures, law office administration, legal research and writing, and litigation. Legal assistants conduct legal research and fact check evidence in preparation for court. They also take statements from clients, write legal reports, and manage client files. Some paralegals also take on office management responsibilities.
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