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Paralegal Job Description in Utah

Utah’s Statewide Occupational Projections from 2010 to 2020 indicate that jobs for paralegals and legal assistants in the state will increase by an annual growth rate of 2.8 percent each year during the decade. According to these figures, inexperienced, entry-level paralegals start at an average yearly salary of $29,328 in Utah, while the median annual paralegal salary for all paralegals in Utah rises to $38,896. If you would like to discover how to become a paralegal in Utah, please keep reading.
 

Step 1

Pursue Your Paralegal Education in Utah

Utah has yet to mandate education for paralegals who want to work in the state. The Utah State Bar Paralegal Division and the Utah Paralegal Association, however, both recommend that aspiring Utah paralegals pursue specialized education in the field.

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Paralegal programs in Utah may be of two types: American Bar Association (ABA)-approved or not. Whether you attend an ABA-approved program is your choice, although some Utah employers prefer graduates of ABA – approved programs when they are hiring new paralegals.

ABA-approved paralegal programs in Utah include:

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Step 2

Find Paralegal Work Experience in Utah

Most ABA-approved paralegal studies programs in Utah will require that you complete a paralegal work internship as part of your graduation requirements. If your program does not offer this type of internship, or should you wish to pursue additional work experience in the paralegal field on your own, why not contact one of the many legal services or pro bono agencies across Utah that help the disadvantaged?

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Step 3

Certification as a Paralegal in Utah, If Desired

Paralegal certification in Utah is not necessary in order to work there. Some employers prefer to hire certified paralegals, and the Utah Paralegal Association has therefore recommended the following national certifications bestowed by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) to paralegals who are interested in certification:

  • Certified Paralegal (CP) – Attainable through examination for entry-level paralegals
  • Advanced Paralegal Certified (APC)- Designed for paralegals who have worked for two or more years in the field and wish to specialize in an area of law

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Step 4

Find Paralegal Jobs in Utah

Paralegal jobs abound across Utah within law firms, corporations, financial institutions, academic institutions, non-profit groups, government agencies and more. Employers of Utah paralegals have included:

  • GEICO-Salt Lake City
  • Long Okura, PC, Attorneys at Law – Holladay
  • Holland & Hart, LLP – Salt Lake City
  • IMDS – Logan
  • eBay – Salt Lake City
  • Durham, Jones & Pinegar – Provo
  • National Guard – Springville
  • Fillmore Spener – Provo
  • Prince, Perelson & Associates – Salt Lake City
  • Goldman Sachs – Salt Lake City

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Step 5

Now That You Have Become a Paralegal in Utah

Congratulations to you! You have studied hard, worked hard and now have a paralegal job in Utah to show for all of your hard work. If you have not already, consider joining a paralegal association in Utah that advocates for those within your profession, such as:

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