Demand for Paralegals Rises with Baby Boomer Retirements

Are you into legal research, but you don’t want to become an attorney? Would you like to interview witnesses or track down case records? A career as a paralegal might be the right fit for you, and now is the right time to make those goals becoming a reality.

Demand is increasing

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for paralegals will grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022. In Minnesota, growth in paralegal jobs from 2012 to 2022 will increase more than 10 percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. This means there will be 1,230 paralegal job openings over that period, the majority of which are expected to come from replacement openings.

Barbara Leiran, paralegal program chair at Minnesota School of Business – Richfield, says the area of intellectual property is exploding right now. Intellectual property law deals with the rules for securing and enforcing legal rights to inventions, designs and artistic works.

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