Degree Completion in Law
About Law & Legal
The legal system of the United States is something that every American ends up dealing with at some point of their lives. Professionals holding a degree in law & legal studies form the very backbone of this system, and whatever side of the issue they are on, they will work towards ensuring that all legal aspects of a case are explored. In addition to representing clients at legal proceedings, lawyers also prepare legal documents, conduct research and act as counsels, giving legal advice to their clients.
About the Degree
The field of law is divided into many sub-fields such as criminal, property, bankruptcy, and environmental law. A associate degree in law or paralegal studies is generally a requirement for paralegal and associate positions at law firms. These degrees are designed around a comprehensive syllabus that ensures students gain considerable insight into the workings of the legal system while developing important communication and inter-personal skills. These degrees may be followed up by LLB degrees and then three years of law school, which include courses such as constitutional law, contracts, property laws, criminal law, prosecution and corporate law.
Most aspiring lawyers start work as associates and slowly work their way up to become attorneys. Many lawyers are self employed, running their own firms or practicing as partners in a law firm. Among government bodies, most of the lawyers are employed by the Department of Justice and the Treasury Department. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the the median annual earning of paralegals and legal assistants in May 2012 was $46,990 while that of lawyers was $113,530.