FAQ

What Is A Paralegal?

A paralegal is a person who works in the legal profession assisting lawyers in the practice of law. Paralegals help lawyers in all aspects of the practice of law, including meeting clients, drafting paperwork, and researching matters. A Paralegal does not need a college degree. More information about the paralegal profession can be obtained from the following local and national associations of paralegals and legal assistants:

What Is The Job Market Like?

There are 1,049,751 lawyers in the United States. In the District of Columbia alone, there are 40,000 lawyers. In most offices there are 2, 3, or more paralegals for each lawyer. Suffice it to say that there is a large market for paralegals.

A recent trend is that more experienced paralegals are being hired in management positions at major law firms. Read More on Paralegal Managers

How Much Money Do Paralegals Make?

Like any other profession, salaries differ depending on the quality of the paralegal. That being said, experienced paralegals in top firms can make upwards of $50,000, $60,000, or more. Entry-level positions, however, are less than this. The average paralegal’s salary is approximately $33,000. Salary Wizard

Is PIW Licensed?

Yes. The Paralegal Institute of Washington is licensed by the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

What Is The Cost?

There are many paralegal schools in the country, so choosing an appropriate school to attend is an important decision. First, PIW is able to offer a sophisticated education at aa fraction of the national average for paralegal schools. Most such schools charge their students between $7,000 and $15,000. PIW, by contrast, costs $3,500. Isn’t this a worthwhile investment in your future?

How Good Is PIW’s Faculty?

PIW is a unique paralegal school in that the legal courses are taught by lawyers, not paralegals. This means that the quality of education is high!

Why Is PIW Less Expensive Than Other Schools?

PIW has made arrangements with law firms in the District of Columbia such that the firms will offer conference rooms, and faculty, at greatly reduced rates. PIW’s overhead, therefore, is less than other similarly situated educational facilities. Ultimately, this translates to reduced fees to our students.

How Many Students Are In Each Class?

In order to guarantee personalized training, PIW’s classes always contain fewer than 12 students. This will allow the instructor to answer individual questions, and will create an atmosphere for group discussions.

How Often Do Classes Meet?

PIW has different class schedules, but there are approximately 32 hours of class. Classes sometimes are concentrated over a few weeks, and sometimes longer.

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Will I Get a Certificate?

Yes! After completing your course requirements at PIW, you will receive a
paralegal certificate.

Unsure About Your Career Path?

Take 15 minutes out of your day and set up a meeting with one of our top lawyer staff members. They will be able to answer any questions you have about PIW’s program, as well as provide you with any additional information you will need in order to make sure PIW will be a perfect fit with your career path.

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