Would you recommend a aa degree program or a paralegal certificate program?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Warning! Jobs in the field of Law are drying up FAST!! This is not a good field to invest time and/or money into. This is a SHRINKING vocational field. Many reasons. THE main reason?......We simply have WAY TOO MANY Legal Professionals - we have an absolute GLUT!! ("Legal Professionals" includes, but is not limited to: Attorneys/Lawyers, Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc)

    Regarding being a Paralegal: Employers (usually law firms) in the field of Law want employees with BACHELORS degrees. Those "certificates" aren't worth the paper they are printed on - they are generally scams.

    Even IF you finish law school, you won't be able to find a job when you are done. Since this vocational field is shrinking, many new attorneys/lawyers are, themselves, having to work "down" as Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc, to simply try to keep some of THEIR bills paid <THIS would be your competition. And the competition is FIERCE!!

    Now... the law schools know this, but they won't tell you the truth >that the job market/economy is SATURATED with WAY TOO MANY Legal Professionals. Instead the schools will feed you a fairytale and will LIE to you. AND the schools continue to recruit and churn out even MORE Legal Professionals.............

    If you don't believe me, then just do a SEARCH here on Yahoo Answers to see what other posters are saying about the current status of the field of Law.

    In the book "So You Want to be a Lawyer? by Marianne Calabrese and susanne Calabrese (ISBN 0-88391-136-1): "The United States has more lawyers than any other country in the world. About 38,000 students graduate EACH YEAR from 200 law schools in the United States. The competition is very keen for jobs and clients."

    If you want a JOB when you are done with your studies, consider and look into the field of HEALTHCARE! <THIS is where the jobs are! and scholarships!

    Good luck.

    (This was intended as personal opinion, and not intended to be used as legal advice.)

    Source(s): life been there - done that been in the field of Law for twelve years also am an employee of a law school, so I KNOW (too much?!?) wish someone had warned ME sooner.............. so now I TRY to warn/help others (that will listen) (tired of watching students getting ripped off by law schools)
  • 1 decade ago

    If you want to be a paralegal and you do not have an unrelated Bachelor's degree, the minimum education you should have is an Associates Degree. If you have an unrelated Bachelors Degree then you might be able to get away with a Certificate. The reputable firms are requiring a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree for an entry level position.

    Source(s): Paralegal for 13 years.
  • xenon
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Associate degrees always give you more options.

    But if it is the case that you want to go into legal work, then a paralegal certificate would be ideal. It would show that you know what you want and that you have your priorities straight.

    Either way, it's a great investment, and a great way to spend the next two years!

    Much luck!

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