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Paralegal Studies

Paralegal professional development and career sources

Finding Articles

  • Research skills are often the cornerstone of successful legal assistant. Capitalize by keeping abreast of the changes in the profession by reading articles in journals and magazines.

  • The best database to use is the Academic Search Premier and Academic Onefile. It contains full-text articles from legal journals such as the ABA Journal.

Search using the keyword
legal assistant
s (plural)
legal services
legal assistants- compensation and benefits

Finding Books

So it is important that you use the Library Catalog to find the books. Cuyamaca Library also has purchased legal assistant books with focus on job search and career opportunities. 

Search using the keyword legal assistant (no plural) to retrieve more hits than the keyword paralegal.

Occupational Outlook Handbook 
(Ref. HF5381 .O3 1998-1999 ) In Print
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information. It describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.

Occupational Outlook Handbook  is available online version. To find out about a specific occupation, click on the "OOH Search/A-Z Index" link located in the upper right corner of the page and then enter the occupation.
Another website is called
Occupational Outlook Quarterly  .

Magazines such as US News and World Report is a magazine that reviews current job trends.

Paralegal Associations useful information is linked to, including career guidance, job listings, education advice, and other relevant Internet sites.

 Job Lists and Banks

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