Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

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Paralegal Studies

The Blue Ridge paralegal studies program provides opportunities for students interested in law. Professors instruct the principles and practices essential for success in a variety of legal environments. A hands-on, practical approach teaches students the fundamentals of research and writing, legal assisting, government operations, document processing, and computer applications. The Blue Ridge paralegal studies degree prepares students for the workplace, the National Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal Exam, or for continued study at a four-year institution.

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What are my career options?

Graduates excel in a variety of entry-level settings, including law firms, federal/district courts, prosecutors’ offices, public defenders’ offices, juvenile court, and federal agencies. The average starting salary for legal assistants and paralegals ranges from $24,000–$28,000 in the four state area, and upwards toward $40,000–$60,000 in the Washington, D.C. – Baltimore metro area.


Note: All salary estimations are based on current position and educational trends. Blue Ridge and The School of Business and Information Technology cannot guarantee that the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive.