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What does a paralegal do?

Paralegals help lawyers draft contracts and other legal documents, under their guidance. They also play an important role in conducting research that helps support court arguments and legal briefs. Paralegals don’t give legal advice or represent clients in a court of law, but some are notaries and can sign legal documents.

If you’re looking for a career where you get to work as part of a legal team, take a look at Everest. There you can train with experienced instructors with real-world knowledge.

You’ll develop good research and writing skills, as well as editing skills. Everest instructors will also teach you legal terms, and how to organize briefs and assist in managing a legal office. When you graduate, you’ll be familiar with the qualities employers are looking for.

Washingtonians Still Concerned About Job Security, Despite Signs of Economic Recovery

SEATTLE — May 11, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As the economy continues to give mixed signals about recovery, one factor is certain – many Washingtonians are still worried about keeping their job.

Despite an uptick in national and statewide hiring trends during the first quarter of 2011, nearly one-third of Washingtonians are concerned about job security, according to data released today in the 3rd Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey conducted by Harris/Decima on behalf of Everest College.

When asked about the high unemployment impacting the state and country, 30 percent of Washington workers said they were concerned about losing their job. Compared with last year, confidence in job security has not budged in 2011, with nearly the same number of Washington workers (29 percent) concerned about losing their job. One change from last year is that more workers are willing to put in extra hours to keep their job. Compared with 2010, significantly more people in 2011 have considered working longer hours to avoid being laid off (20 percent to 14 percent).

“While recent data indicate that hiring is headed in the right direction, the survey reveals that many people are still anxious about job security,” said Wendy Cullen, vice president of employer development for Everest College. “The last three years have been filled with economic hardships for many in Washington and throughout the country, so it’s natural for workers to be a bit cautious. At Everest, we have found that our career programs are popular because they focus on careers that are in-demand, offer flexibility and have the potential for long-term growth.”

Pay Is Top Stressor
The survey found that workplace anxiety levels in Washington continue to be high with nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of survey respondents claiming they suffer from some form of work-related stress. The top stress factor cited by respondents was pay (27 percent), followed by fear of losing their job (20 percent) and their boss (7 percent). Compared with 2010, significantly less people indicated their boss was causing the most stress at their job (14 percent to 7 percent).

Income is a differentiating factor when it comes to whether or not respondents are stressed at work. Those with household incomes of $80,000 or higher are more likely not to be stressed at work when compared with those whose household income is less than $50,000 (47 percent to 27 percent).

If they lost their job, one-third (35 percent) of respondents said they would consider leaving Washington to search for a new job, with men significantly more likely than women to look for a job outside of the state by a margin of 43 percent to 25 percent.

Meanwhile, half (54 percent) of the respondents said they have considered one of the following: returning to school to enhance their current career (27 percent); a new career in order to make more money (22 percent); or returning to school to train for a new career (22 percent).

“We all know what it feels like to be stressed at work, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for a career that doesn’t make you happy,” Cullen said. “This survey serves as an important reminder to regularly re-evaluate what you want out of your job, set goals and, if necessary, chart a new path.”

“For many workers, career training can open the door to that new path, offering a more rewarding work life. Everest College is really in tune with this concept and can be the solution for many people looking to turn their work life in a positive direction.”

Top Careers For Stability
The following occupations continue to see high demand based on U.S. Department of Labor industry trend information through 2018, according to the 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook:

“Obviously, health care is and will continue to be one of the strongest industries because of the aging population,” said Cullen. “A majority of Everest’s programs are in the health care field, giving our students the opportunity for an in-demand career that can serve as a springboard for more advanced health care careers later.”

By the Numbers: 3rd Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey Fast Facts

  • Fourteen percent of Washingtonians said that someone in their household has lost their job in the past 12 months. Those with a household income of less than $50,000 are significantly more likely than those with a household income of $80,000 or more to have had someone in their household experience a job loss (22 percent to 10 percent).
  • When envisioning their dream jobs, 85 percent of employed Americans living in Washington State said doing something they love was most important, followed by better pay (60 percent).
  • Compared with 2010, more Washingtonians would like to have a good relationship with their boss (52 percent to 43 percent) in their dream job.

About the Survey
The 3rd Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey was conducted by Harris/Decima from March 16 to March 20, 2011. A total of 300 employed residents of Washington State were surveyed by telephone. Results are considered accurate to +/- 5.7 percent 19 times out of 20.

About Everest College
Everest College is part of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in demand or for advancement in their chosen field. It offers diploma programs and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a variety of high-demand occupational areas, including health care, transportation technology and maintenance, criminal justice, business, information technology and construction trades. Programs vary by campus. For more information, please visit http://www.Everest.edu.

About Harris/Decima
Harris/Decima is one of North America’s most established names in public opinion and market research, with a 25-year track record of innovation and client satisfaction. Today, they are among the largest full service marketing research organizations in North America. Harris/Decima offers a full slate of custom and syndicated research services, including telephone and on-site interviewing, self-administered mail-back and on-line surveys, as well as qualitative one-on-one executive interviewing and focus groups. Harris/Decima conducts research on public and social policy, program evaluation, employee satisfaction, issue management, marketing, advertising and communications testing and evaluation for a wide range of clients in the public, private, and third party sectors. For more information, please visit http://www.harrisdecima.ca

EDITOR’S NOTE: Wendy Cullen, vice president of employer development for Everest College, is available for interviews to discuss the survey and provide tips on recession-proofing your career. To schedule an interview with Wendy or for more information on the 3rd Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey, please contact Ron Neal or Meg Wilson at PondelWilkinson Inc.: Tel: 310-279-5980; Email: rneal@pondel.com and/or mwilson@pondel.com

FORT WORTH, Texas (December 20, 2010) – Everest College today announced that the Fort Worth South campus has expanded its course offerings to include Accounting and Paralegal associate degree programs. The school has begun enrolling students in each program, both of which begin in January 2011 and take two years to complete.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, both the accounting and paralegal industries are expected to grow 10 to 28 percent between 2008 – 2018. “As opportunities in these fields are expected to increase in the coming years, our goal is to prepare students for success and give them the opportunity to contribute to their communities,” said Marilyn Long, campus president at Everest College – Fort Worth South. “We provide students with individualized attention from experienced faculty to ensure they are skilled and prepared for a successful career.”

The accounting program at Everest College – Fort Worth South is an associate degree program that consists of coursework in principles of accounting, introductory cost/managerial accounting, corporate accounting, payroll accounting, non-profit accounting, tax accounting, business enterprise and business law. Accounting program graduates can obtain careers as accounting assistants, accounting clerks, bookkeepers and more.

The paralegal program is an associate degree program that consists of coursework in researching legal issues, drafting legal documents, preparing pleadings, summarizing documents, organizing trial notebooks and interviewing clients. Paralegal graduates are hired to assist lawyers, clients and courts.

The Everest – Fort Worth South campus opened in May 2010 and already has more than 350 fulltime students and 65 employees. The campus is located at 4200 South Freeway in La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth and also offers programs in: Business, Criminal Justice, Dental Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Assistant and Medical Insurance Billing and Coding. To learn more about the programs available, please contact the Fort Worth South campus at 817-566-7700.

About Everest – Texas

Everest Colleges and Institutes provide career-oriented diploma and degree programs in health care, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, and paralegal. In Texas, Everest has 7,500 students at nine campuses located in Arlington, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Everest has over 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada, and is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. For more information, visit www.Everest.edu. News media should contact: Ashley Grubbs, of The Powell Group, for Everest College, 214/522-6005 ext.104, ag@powellgroup.net.

DALLAS (September 16, 2010) – Everest College has added Medical Administrative Assistant and Paralegal career training programs at the Arlington (Mid Cities) campus to meet workforce demand and address community needs. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, both the health care and paralegal industries expect to grow significantly from 2006-2016.

“The Medical Administrative Assistant and Paralegal programs provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter into high-demand careers in both industries,” said Kendra Williams, campus president. “The programs prepare students for success and give them the opportunity to contribute to their communities.”

Medical Administrative Assistant Program

The Medical Administrative Assistant program at Everest College – Arlington is an eight-month program that trains students for the skills necessary to manage day-to-day operations of a medical facility, qualifying them for employment opportunities in medical and dental offices, clinics, long-term health care facilities, insurance companies, and home health agencies. Class training for this program includes basic principles of accounting, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, medical transcription and more.

Paralegal Program

The Paralegal program at Everest College – Arlington is an associate degree program that consists of coursework in: researching legal issues, drafting legal documents, preparing pleadings, summarizing documents, organizing trial notebooks and interviewing clients. Paralegal graduates can gain the skills necessary to assist lawyers, clients and courts.

The Everest – Arlington (Mid Cities) Campus is located at 300 Six Flags Dr., Suite 100 Arlington, TX 76011 and also offers programs in:

  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Electrical Technician
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Medical Assisting Diploma Program
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Coding
  • Pharmacy Technician

About Everest – Texas

Everest Colleges and Institutes provide career-oriented diploma and degree programs in healthcare, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, and paralegal. In Texas, Everest has 7,500 students at nine campuses located in Arlington, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Everest has over 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada, and is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. For more information, visit www.Everest.edu.

Demand for Legal Assistants Expected to Rise Dramatically in the Next Decade

TACOMA, Wash. (March 4, 2010) – Everest College – Tacoma today announced that it is adding a two-year paralegal studies program to its course offering. The paralegal field is anticipating rapid growth in the next decade, with increased employment of paralegals and legal assistants by 28 percent between 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*. The school is expected to launch its Associate of Science paralegal program in April.

“With the demand for paralegals increasing rapidly, the new program continues to provide students a chance for solid career opportunities,” said Tim Allen, president of the Tacoma campus. “Additionally, every student who comes through our course gains invaluable preparation under the direction of an attorney, something that helps them prepare for the real world.”

The 24-month paralegal program will train students to interview, gather, review and analyze factual situations, research the law, prepare and interpret legal documents, and conduct legal office operations.

The paralegal program will also focus on teaching students about the particulars of contracts, estate planning, wills, trusts, estate taxes, estate sales and joint tenancy.

Graduates of the program are expected to be qualified for entry-level paralegal jobs at legal offices, state and federal government agencies, corporate legal departments, consumer groups, insurance companies, banks, title companies and legal aid societies.

About Everest

Everest College – Tacoma, located at 2156 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402, provides career-oriented diploma and degree programs including Paralegal, Business, Criminal Justice, Dental Assisting, Massage Therapy, Massage Therapy – Spa Specialist, Medical Assisting, Medical Insurance Billing and Coding, and Pharmacy Technician. Everest College has five other locations in the state of Washington including Bremerton, Everett, Renton, and Seattle, and has more than 100 schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. Everest, owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., is one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. For more information, visit www.Everest.edu.

* Adapted from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S, Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/oco. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.
** Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. The Phoenix and Mesa ground campuses of Everest College Phoenix are the only Everest campuses offering an ABA approved paralegal program. ABA approved programs are not offered in an online format.

Paralegal programI don’t know if you’ve ever thought about joining the legal profession, but right now is the perfect opportunity to start training for it.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that employment for paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2014. That means we should expect to see an employment growth of 27% or more for paralegals and legal assistants.

And what’s exciting about this news is that you can start training right now to become a Paralegal or Legal Assistant with Everest College.

Our Paralegal program offers students hands-on training in:

  • Researching legal issues
  • Drafting legal documents
  • Preparing pleadings
  • Summarizing documents
  • Organizing trial notebooks
  • Interviewing clients

The Everest College Paralegal program can provide you with the legal knowledge you’ll need on a regular basis. We’ll give you training in the formation of contracts, breach of contracts, and remedies for the breach of contracts.

We also train students with the terminology, policies and procedures applied to: estate planning, wills, trusts, estate taxes, estate sales, and joint tenancy.

To find out the details about our Paralegal program, simply complete our easy online form.


Everest College Information

Everest provides students with short-term career training in a variety of popular programs*. Our schools offer diplomas and/or degrees in:
Students can also earn online degrees through Everest University Online, a division of Everest University.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.everest.edu/disclosures or www.everestonline.edu/disclosures.

*Programs vary by campus.

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