Wisconsin

Steps Toward a Paralegal Career in Wisconsin

Follow the step by step process on how to become a paralegal below:

  1. Commence Paralegal Education in Wisconsin
  2. Acquire Paralegal Work Experience in Wisconsin
  3. Become a Certified Paralegal in Wisconsin, if Desired
  4. Secure a Paralegal Job in Wisconsin
  5. After You’re a Paralegal in Wisconsin

Paralegal Job Description in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s WorkNet service projects that between 2010 and 2020, jobs for paralegals and legal assistants in the state will increase by 16.9 percent, or a total of 1110 jobs. The median annual wage for paralegals in Wisconsin as of 2010 is $41.690, WorkNet says. Not bad for a profession in which education is not mandated, and those who do hold degrees usually hold certificates or associate degrees. Read on to discover how you can become a paralegal in Wisconsin.

Step 1

Commence Paralegal Education in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has yet to regulate paralegal education in the state. As of 2014, aspiring paralegals may enter the Wisconsin workforce in any manner they choose – through education, experience, or a combination of the two.

Wisconsin Paralegal Online and Campus Schools

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Washington University in St. Louis
Washington University in St. Louis WU’s online Master of Legal Studies (MLS), MLS in Taxation, and Master of Laws (LLM) in U.S. Law or Taxation are taught by the same expert faculty as the university’s on-campus programs, all delivered in a streamlined online format that can be completed in as little as a year.
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Arizona State University
ASU’s online undergraduate (BA/BS), graduate (MA/MS/MLA/LLM), and graduate certificate programs in law, criminal justice, and public policy draw on the university’s more than 15-year track-record for innovation in online education and are taught by the same world-renowned faculty as the on-campus programs.
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Purdue University Global
Purdue’s BS in Legal Support and Services offers a flexible way to build a comprehensive foundation in law, the option to choose a paralegal concentration, and a direct path to future graduate study in public administration, human services, psychology, and more.
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Rasmussen University
Rasmussen’s Paralegal Associate Degree and Post-Degree Certificate programs offer career-ready pathways to become a certified paralegal and outstanding support and guidance along the way.
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University of Dayton
The University of Dayton’s hybrid/online Juris Doctor (JD) earns top marks for outstanding flexibility and convenience and was the first School of Law in the nation to receive ABA variance approval for remote courses thanks to its unique online-hybrid design.
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There are two types of paralegal programs in Wisconsin – those approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and those that are not. It is your personal choice whether to attend an ABA-approved paralegal program in Wisconsin, as there are no mandates regarding this either.

ABA-approved paralegal programs in Wisconsin are:

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Step 2

Paralegal Work Experience in Wisconsin

A paralegal internship is a requirement of most ABA-approved paralegal programs in Wisconsin. If your school does not require you to complete a paralegal work experience internship, you may seek volunteer work experience on your own by contacting one of the many legal aid and pro bono agencies throughout Wisconsin, such as:

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Step 3

Become a Certified Paralegal in Wisconsin

Paralegals need not become certified through any program at the state or national level in order to work in Wisconsin. Many such programs are available, with the most popular being the Certified Paralegal through the National Association of Legal Assistants, and the Registered Paralegal through the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. Both of those certifications are available by passing an examination and meeting educational criteria. Another certification program popular with many Wisconsin paralegals is through the American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc. Their American Alliance Certified Paralegal (AACP) program is found in all 50 states, and requires that paralegals meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor degree in any field, or
  • Hold an associate degree in paralegal studies from an ABA-approved or American Association for Paralegal Education-approved program, or
  • Hold a certificate from an ABA-approved or American Association for Paralegal Education-approved program

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Step 4

Secure a Paralegal Job in Wisconsin

Paralegal careers in Wisconsin may be found within corporations, law firms, educational facilities, health care facilities, nonprofit organizations, government locales and more. Examples of recent employers of paralegals in Wisconsin are:

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee
  • IOD Incorporated, Green Bay
  • Advicent Solutions, Milwaukee
  • Travelers Insurance, Brookfield
  • Johnson Controls, Milwaukee
  • Dobberstein Law Firm, LLC, Brookfield
  • Gendlin, Liverman & Rymer, S.C., Milwaukee
  • Lin, Liebmann, Wied LLC , Allouez
  • Drake & Co, Madison
  • Carthage College, Kenosha
  • Sparta Business, Sparta
  • CDI, Sun Prairie

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Step 5

After You’re a Paralegal in Wisconsin

Congratulations! You are now a paralegal working in Wisconsin! Remember to maintain any credentials you have earned through certification by completing the proper continuing legal education (CLE), if applicable. Also, check into the following membership organizations for legal assistants and paralegals in Wisconsin:

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