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Paralegal Careers

Online

Career Coach
Get data on salaries, employment, and job opportunities.

NFPA Career Center
You can search jobs and post resumes. Site is affiliated with the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.

Chicago Job Talk
Many links to Chicago job listings, career counseling information and and networking sites. Job Leads by Field has a list just for Law.

Legal Career Center
A service of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

COD Paralegal Blog ~ Job Postings
Local job postings.

Martindale.com
Over 1 millions profiles of lawyers and law firms. Includes peer ratings of individual lawyers.

The Riley Guide ~ Lawyers & Other Legal Service Professionals
One of the most extensive lists of links available. Includes much helpful advice in the introductory sections.

Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)
Source for wage information and employment projections.
SOC Code for Paralegals is 23-2011

Books

  • Careers as a Paralegal and Legal Assistant
    Career & College Information KF320.L4 P735 2014
  • Fifty Legal Careers for Non-Lawyers
    Career & College Information KF 320 .L4 F87 2008
  • Lessons from the Top Paralegal Experts
    Career & College Information KF 320 .L4 B786 2008
  • Telling your story : A Step-by-Step Guide to Drafting Persuasive Legal Resumes and Cover Letters
    Career & College Information KF297 .L49 2017
  • Real Resumes for Legal & Paralegal Jobs
    Career & College Information KF 297 .R435 2012
  • Martindale Hubbell Law Directory
    Reference REF KF 190 .M3 2012
    A multivolume, international set that contains lists of attorneys and firms by location and areas of practice. We own the 2012 Illinois volume.
  • Sullivan's Law Directory
    Reference KF192.I4 S9 2016-17
    "The most comprehensive list of attorneys practicing in Illinois. All information is verified and updated annually. Attorney listings include firm/agency, address, phone, fax number, email address, bar association affiliation, and areas of concentration."

Professional Organizations

National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
A non-profit organization that provides continuing education and professional development.

National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
Founded in 1974, NFPA is the first national paralegal association.

Illinois Paralegal Association
IPA is the Illinois chapter of the NFPA.

DuPage County Bar Association
The DuPage County Bar Association is the largest county bar association in Illinois with approximately 2000 members. Website also has back issues of DCBA Brief available online for free.

American Bar Association
Includes the ABA Model Rules as well as links to local bar associations.