Paralegals/Legal Admins: Tell me about your job!

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’m very interested in being a Paralegal one day as well! My favorite part of my law classes in college was all the research, so I think Paralegal is a good career for me 🙂 just have to save up the money for the certification classes! What is the certification process like in Canada? I have to take classes (available online or on campus,” and then sit in a classroom for the test. I’m in the US, but would love the “inside scoop” from any paralegal no matter where they are from! 

Post # 3
210 posts
Helper bee

I work for a law firm in the UK and although I am not a paralegal we have plenty of them in our office. The trouble is that you will be expected to have a lot of legal knowledge, most of ours have law degrees, but the pay isn’t as good as a qualified lawyer wouldgget. The paralegals always seem to be the ones staying late to finish work or be in early. Unless it’s very different in Canada to here I can’t say it’s a career I’d choose unless I had an end goal of getting a trainee lawyer contract. 

Post # 4
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

michy604:  I am actually a lawyer, but I had a job as a legal assistant/paralegal while in college and I have a few that have worked for me.

Know that “paralegal” is a title for a very broad array of jobs. For example, I have a paralegal who assists me with document production in litigation, but we have real estate paralegals who draft lease agreements and we have paralegals who manage our company’s liquor licensing. My suggestion is get an idea of what “type” of paralegal you want to be, or go into the certification with a very open mind on what a paralegal can do afterwords. And, to address the PP in the UK, my paralegals work 8-5. They do not stay later than the attorneys and it is an hourly, non-exempt position, so if you do work OT, you get paid for it. 

Post # 5
210 posts
Helper bee

I think the paralegals over here (an not just in our company) are unfortunately seen as people who can do the bulk work for cheaper than a solicitors time so they seem to get a lot of the crap! 

Post # 6
41 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016

michy604:  I did it for 3 years. My experience was not the greatest and it’s different for each law firm you work at. The one I worked at undervalued their assistants and overworked them. As well – its different for each law firm you work at. I worked in Securities and Personal Injury. Securities law is very mundane and boring while personal injury is literally different every day and the number of cases that come in were insane. I would suggest to steer clear of securities law as they have lulls and slow seasons (but if it’s something you’d like go for it!)

Post # 7
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I am technically a paralegal right now in Australia whilst I complete my last year of my law degree. I love it, but I also know it’s a stepping stone for me to my future career – a fantastic one at that! I am learning all the things required that you don’t learn in law school and meeting my collegues at the same time. I have been a law clerk (intern) too and that was almost the same but a LOT more photocopying! It’s all a part of the job though. 

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