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There are many positions available in the legal profession. Some of these can be achieved through a path related to that of law enforcement, for positions such as probation, parole and bailiffs, or through other routes, such as lawyers and their support system of legal assistants, paralegals and other support staff. Professional degrees are required for lawyers, while legal assistants and paralegals may graduate from a career college or receive an Associate degree or on-the-job training.

Paralegals and legal assistants are not only crucial members of a law firm�s team, they also have job opportunities in the legal departments of large corporations and in government offices. They investigate the facts of the case, help analyze and organize information, prepare written reports and draft contracts, mortgages and other legal documents. They�re needed in almost every field imaginable and often specialize in such diverse areas as government, medical, real estate, family/estate planning, litigation or corporate law.

Another career path available for those interested in the legal field is that of a court reporter or stenographer. Court reporters usually need a two- or four-year degree, or appropriate certification, and they are responsible for ensuring that the legal record is complete, accurate and secure. Because of the importance of the work, court reporters need to have a very high attention to detail and accuracy. While state requirements can vary, court reporters need at least a two- or four-year postsecondary school degree, with the best opportunities available for those with certification. They work both in a courtroom setting and also take depositions in attorneys� offices, and participate in government agency proceedings at all levels. They also can find jobs working for television networks captioning live programming.

See also Criminal Justice and Court Reporting

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