What's the non-lawyer legal job market like?
August 22, 2013 9:49 AM Subscribe
A friend of mine has suggested that I apply for a job as a receptionist in a law office, with the suggestion that they tend to promote internally and that it could be an avenue into work as a legal assistant/paralegal. Could this be a huge mistake?
posted by pullayup to work & money (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Generally, this would be a lateral or possibly downward move in terms of wages and benefits, though the schedule might be more regular than my current job, which requires nights and weekends. The primary attraction is the potential to be promoted out of the receptionist position, however--the job I have now doesn't have any avenues for promotion, and I'm only receiving incremental cost of living wage increases.
But. At this point, I'm in my mid-30s, and I feel like I need to look at drastic career changes with an eye toward good work/life balance and long-term stability and employability. And that is not what I imagine when I think about the job market in the legal profession. If I, for instance, stay at this job for four or six years (putting me in my early 40s) and then need to find another paralegal job, will I be scrabbling to compete with thousands of underemployed/overqualified law school grads? Would I continue to be a viable candidate into my 50s?
I have a BS, but it's in a completely unrelated field. I assume I'd need to complete an Associate's degree or a certificate program at some point to be competitive.