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News flash: Bi-lingual Paralegals are in high demand

Published on June 25, 2015 by Bob Trewartha

Ever consider learning Spanish to give you an edge in a competitive paralegal career field?  It might be a good idea, considering today’s multi-cultural world we have here in Utah.

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Spanish-speaking paralegal students are in high demand in Utah and Idaho.  A high percentage of job postings for legal secretaries, legal assistants, case managers, and paralegals state that applicants who speak Spanish and English fluently are preferred.  Typically this preference is practice specific, with certain classes of firms demonstrating significantly higher interest in bi-lingual applicants than others.

Larger, corporate law firms deal primarily with businesses and corporations.    These types of firms usually don’t need applicants with Spanish-speaking aptitude because their clients are companies who have employees who speak English.  However, any attorney or firm that represents private individuals has realized that the booming Latino population requires bi-lingual capabilities.

Private individuals typically need attorneys for bankruptcy, divorce, and personal injury matters.  These types of practice areas are often referred to as “volume practices.”  Successful attorneys in these areas typically excel in marketing and also in developing efficient processes for quickly moving a high number of cases through the system.  The ever-increasing Latino population means that attorneys who can service these clients in their own language have a leg-up on the competition.  And, because volume-practice attorneys delegate as much as is ethically possible to their staff members, Spanish-speaking staff members are at a premium.

Combining Spanish language proficiency with the world-class paralegal training provided by Broadview University can result in steady and high-paying employment that begins soon after enrollment—no need to wait for graduation.  Local law firms are hungry for bi-lingual paralegal students who are ready to contribute today.  At Broadview University, you can build your paralegal resume while you work on your degree, giving you a significant advantage over other applicants.

Our guest blogger: Sean Nobmann is Broadview University’s executive Program chair for the paralegal program. In addition to his work at Broadview University, he also graduated from Duke Law School and has his own legal practice.  Mr. Nobmann is fluent in Spanish and has represented numerous Latino clients.

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