It is possible to become a legal assistant without any experience.
Technically, you do not even have to be a high school graduate to become a legal assistant or paralegal.
If you can find an attorney who is willing to hire you, even though you do not have any legal experience, you can be a legal assistant.
Historically, many legal assistants had no more than a high school diploma, but usually also had some secretarial experience. Law firms were more willing in the past to give their paralegals on-the-job training.
Many people who have been employed as paralegals for a number of years never received any formal legal education.
But it is currently getting harder to find a law office who is willing to train legal assistants with no experience. Of course, you increase your chances for success by completing some legal assistant training.
The paralegal profession is a continually growing field and demand for legal assistants is expected to increase in the coming years.
If you would like to apply for a job as a legal assistant or paralegal, but do not have any experience or education, you can still get hired. You can write a resume with no experience that will help land you an interview. Keep in mind though, it is increasingly difficult to find employment if you do not have some formal legal training.
One downside to not having some form of legal education is that there are a growing number of applicants you will be competing with for jobs who have completed paralegal education in one form or another.
As demand for legal assistants has increased over the years, so have the number and types of schools and training. Many options are available to you to receive a paralegal education.
There are currently no states in the U.S.A. that require legal assistants to have any particular education, training, or a certificate.
Legal assistants do not have to pay to register or receive licensing, nor are they required to become certified in any jurisdiction, nor obtain insurance coverage.
A second consideration is that you may not be able to advance to the position of paralegal in upcoming years without education. States such as California have enacted legislation that requires people who identify themselves with the title of paralegal to meet certain educational and experience requirements. Similar laws are under consideration in multiple states, and there appears to be a trend in this direction.
There are five types of legal assistant schools, and one is sure to be a good fit for you. Without official education, you have to expect to receive less pay than someone who has completed a paralegal course.
It is highly advisable to receive some type of sanctioned legal education, not just for monetary reasons, but for long term career advancement, and also personal development.
Take a look around here at Best Legal Assistant, where we have many resources that will help you decide if a career as a legal assistant or paralegal is right for you, including information on training and schools, certification and job search assistance.