How to begin paralegal-ing?
June 11, 2012 10:02 AM Subscribe
Paralegal career questions.
posted by queens86 to work & money (15 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I have some broad questions about the paralegal job field. I am three years out of college, about to start a six-week contracted teaching summer job, and still searching for a career path. I recently went to jury duty and was fascinated, and stumbled across the idea of a job as a paralegal (a job I previously didn't realize existed).
I've since applied to about 30 paralegal jobs in New York City, but have slowed down since I got an offer to teach for the summer (which I have considerable experience in). Of those 30, I received one email back for a group interview (I wasn't yet in town so I had to decline.)
Given that I have zero experience or education in the law field, what can I do to increase my marketability? I tried to highlight what I believe to be key paralegal skills on my resume-- I am good with people, love researching, and am a good writer. I have a B.A. in an unrelated field. Would it be worth it to get a paralegal certificate, which would take about 9 months and cost around $5,000? What will employers be looking for as they hire, and how can I convince them to hire me?
Bonus question-- has anyone here actually been a paralegal, and what was your experience like? I am drawn to the job because it seems intellectually challenging, interesting, and pays much better than what I have been doing. If I really like it I'd like to eventually explore law school.
Thanks in advance!