Individuals may get a paralegal degree in two to four years, depending on the specific degree they wish to obtain. Individuals may obtain an associated degree or a Bachelors degree in the paralegal field.
The type of degree desired may be influenced by the type of job the individual is seeking. There are paralegal jobs which only require a two year degree, while others require a four year degree.
In general, larger firms require that individuals obtain a four year paralegal degree. This assures the employer that the individual has substantial legal knowledge and understands the documents handled.
Individuals with a four year degree may be more likely to have the knowledge to answer simple questions from clients, as well as the knowledge to direct clients to the appropriate lawyer in a law firm.