Career Opportunities

Paralegal careers are fast-paced and challenging. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics* (BLS) estimates that the number of individuals employed as paralegals and legal assistants will rise 15 percent through 2026, much faster than average for all occupations.

The Eastern Kentucky University paralegal program is one of approximately 260 ABA-approved paralegal programs (out of over 1,000 paralegal programs overall) in the United States. The ABA requires ABA-approved programs to go through a rigorous review process, ensuring that the programs meet the ABA’s stringent requirements for program quality.

This occupation attracts many applicants and competition for paralegal jobs is strong. Those with a degree or post-baccalaureate certificate from ABA-approved institutions, like Eastern Kentucky University, will have the best job prospects. According to BLS the median paralegal salary in 2018 was $50,940 per year or $24.49 per hour.

EKU’s paralegal programs not only provide you with critical skills to help you excel, but also provide excellent job placement assistance. More than 90% of EKU paralegal graduates are employed or attending graduate or law school within six months of graduation.

Job opportunities include:

  • Law offices and firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Corporate in-house counsel offices
  • State and local government/courthouses
  • Banks
  • Insurance agencies
  • Social and human services assistants
  • Local bar associations

Recent graduates are employed by:

  • Stoll Keenon Ogend, Paralegal Civil Litigation Practice Group
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Assistant Director of Continuing Legal Education
  • Alltech Corporation, Intellectual Property Paralegal
  • John Hunt Morgan, P.S.C.
  • Crime Victims Compensation Board

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm