Questions for paralegals or those familiar with the profession.?

1. Does it pay well (obviously not as much as an attorney, but compared to, say, secretarial type work?)

2. If you choose to go to law school after, do any of your credits transfer?

3. What's the most lucrative field to work in as a paralegal (criminal, real estate, bankruptcy, etc..)

4. Is it an enjoyable career?

5. Do you have some control over your work hours, or is it that you leave when the attorneys leave?

Please share any add'l info you have. Thanks!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    1. I'd say it pays well, since you often don't need a 4 year degree. Paralegals around here can make $50-70,000 a year; in big cities they can easily make six figures (with experience).

    2. No.

    3. I think it depends. Bigger practices will pay paralegals more. Practices that require their paralegals to do more (like witness interviews, trial prep, etc) may also pay more. My suggestion would be to do something that you LOVE (if that's doing deals, reading docs for litigation, etc.) more than the area that pays the best.

    4. I don't know... the paralegals I knwo like their jobs.

    5. I think it depends. Litigation paralegals who are on a "trial team" are expected to work through the trial just like any attorney... so they work LONG hours. Generally, transactional paralegals wouldn't. Most smaller firm paralegals wouldn't work as long either. Depends.

    I've heard now from two paralegals that what they like is the interaction in the legal community (reading documents, helping plan case strategy) but without the "ultimate responsibility" of signing names on pleadings and actually making the arguments and winning or losing. I think a paralegal would make an EXCELLENT attorney--especially a litigator--if he were to go to law school after a few years' paralegal work.

  • Erika
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    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Hey there! Where are you from?!?! I'm about to get my associate's in paralegal studies. I want to make that money! I figured around here, I'd be doing good to average 35,000.

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