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Saturday, June 12 • 9:00am - 9:30am
The Impact of Alternative Legal Service Models on Paralegal Compensation and Professional Autonomy

Approved for 0.5 General CLEs.

Several recent surveys suggest that paralegal job satisfaction is generally “high.” These surveys, however, must be juxtaposed with numerous paralegal experiences, albeit anecdotal, of long hours, high pressure, elevated stress, and a continuing lack of respect and autonomy in the legal industry. Informal calls for greater paralegal compensation and autonomy have not resulted in widespread change. Moreover, when paralegals call for regulatory change, they have been defied by a current regulatory framework which both benefits lawyers and embodies their fears over greater paralegal autonomy and independence.

This presentation addresses the potential impact of alternative service models on improving the working conditions for paralegals. Specifically, paralegal licensing may harness market factors to increase paralegal employment options, increase compensation, and provide all paralegals with the opportunity to garner greater respect, independence, and compensation options in the law office.


Ian Bourgoine

Chair, Paralegal Studies Program, North Shore Community College
Ian Bourgoine is the Chair of the Paralegal Studies Program at North Shore Community College in Danvers, Massachusetts. Mr. Bourgoine is a current Doctor of Education student at the University of Memphis. He obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of New Hampshire... Read More →

Saturday June 12, 2021 9:00am - 9:30am CDT