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There is great interest in the FGCU LS Program as well as the paralegal/legal assistant industry itself. Several years ago the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Statistics indicated that the state could expect a sixty-seven (67) per cent increase in the profession by 2008. In Florida under the category “Paralegals and Legal Assistants” there is reported a 3.18% annual growth rate. See Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation- Labor Market Statistics, Occupational Projection Data 2004-2012, at this link.

 

Nationally, the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Industry-Occupation Employment 2004-2005 matrix reports the following encouraging numbers:  

Occupation

2002 employment

Projected 2012 employment

Change, 2002-2012

Number

% distribution

Number

% distribution

Number

%

Total, all occupations

1,111,800

100.00

1,329,900

100.00

218,100

19.6

Paralegals and legal assistants

141,595

12.74

186,372

14.01

44,777

31.6