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LEGAL STAFFERS SOUND OFF 1.800.973.1177 Legal Staffers Sound Off [7-26- 2004 by LawCrossing Staff] Do you have a question about working in the legal profession? About LawCrossing? No matter the topic, + send us an e-mail and we’ll be glad to answer it for you! 1. Are lawyers nice to work for? What are hard. they like as bosses? I was thinking of going to paralegal school... I would like to know 3. Do law firms prefer someone with a more about the work environment at a law college education along with a paralegal firm. certificate? Or can I get a good paralegal job - Annie C. with just a high school diploma and parale- gal certificate? Well, lawyers, much like any high stress - Josh L. professionals, often tend to be pressed for time, under pressure and overworked. The Large firms tend to hire paralegals with stereotype tends to portray angry lawyer BA’s, who are often doing paralegal work as bosses and the ever-suffering paralegals. a stop-gap job, between law or grad school. This is certainly not always the case, but Often career paralegals who are certified holds true in many instances. For example, a tend to be more in demand. There is a lot of information on this topic in this week’s litigation paralegal in a large firm may well have that sort of boss, but a bankruptcy or Paralegal Profile -- check it out! probate practice in a small- to medium-sized firm may be fairly low stress and congenial, 4. I want to work at a law firm. Do you think I producing nicer bosses. Any of our readers could get a job starting out as a receptionist are welcome to share their work experiences and then move up to being a legal assistant here. or paralegal? I don’t really have the money to go to school right now. 2. I’ve been out of the legal profession for - Allison B. several years. I worked as a paralegal sev- eral years ago and quit my job to stay home Yes, many firms like their legal staff “home with my child. I am wondering what the grown.” They train them without much market is like now for paralegals? experience and use internal promotions, - Joanna M. however you need to find those firms. A good idea might be to talk to some paralegals who While the legal field took a tumble like other work at the firms about how they got their professions during the economic recession, jobs. it seems that we at LawCrossing are find- ing more and more employers looking for 5. How many legal secretarial positions do paralegals, so it seems that the market is you have on your website? improving. Even when the market is bad for - Roanne L. attorneys however, the market for experi- I just did a search and found over 3000 enced paralegals is not all that bad since often downsizing firms tend to rely more on posted just this week! Doing a search is free, paralegals, who are paid less, and hence a go to advance search and try doing a search better economical choice when times are for today, this week, this month etc. PAGE 1
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