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General Practice Paralegal


General Practice Paralegal

Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$31,070 to $80,260†
Tuition and fees:
Program length:
36 weeks

The General Practice Paralegal Certificate program at Brightwood College offers classes to help prepare you with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits required for a wide variety of entry-level paralegal positions. Courses stress understanding fundamental legal terminology and concepts and developing basic skills that will enable graduates to make effective use of their training. 

Career Preparation and Externship 

Our program stresses practical skills over theoretical knowledge. To help prepare you to enter the field, our curriculum includes an externship that allows you to gain practical work experience in a law office, corporation, or other legal setting.

Paralegals may not provide legal services to the public. An associate’s degree in any field of study required for admission into the paralegal program.

American Bar Association Approved 

The General Practice Paralegal Certificate programs at our Nashville campus is approved by the American Bar Association:

Career Opportunities with a Paralegal Certificate

The General Practice Paralegal Certificate program provides a firm understanding of the legal system and legal procedures.* As a paralegal, your duties may include:

  • Legal and factual research
  • Legal drafts
  • Business regulatory compliance
  • Contract administration
  • Law office management

Upon graduation, you may seek entry-level employment at law firms, corporations, and government agencies.

Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot practice law or give legal advice to consumers.

† The median annual wage for paralegals and legal assistants was $49,500 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,070, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $80,260. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet at (visited September 08, 2017).National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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