I thought I would give you a little bit of information about the paralegal profession. I am writing this to give you and idea of what you would be doing and what kind of a salary you could be making if you chose to become a paralegal.
A paralegal is an individual, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Which means you basically get to help with all of the cool stuff but you don’t have to get up and speak in court in front of other people. That is awesome for some one like me. I love the law and I am so interested about all of the different areas but I am terrified at the thought of having to get up in front of people and speak.
I have done a lot of research on the pay rate of paralegals in the different specialty areas. It’s interesting how the scale varies so much from area to another.
Here is a graph from paralegalsalaryfactsheet.com that shows you the difference in pay.
Top-Earning Paralegals by Specialty
|Areas of Practice||Average|
|Family law (Lowest paying)||$35,512|
|Criminal law (Lowest paying)||$37,003|
|Personal Injury (Lowest paying)||$45,576|
|Mergers and acquisitions (Highest paying)||$94,096|
|Real Estate (Highest paying)||$89,822|
|Corporate governance (Highest paying)||$73,562|
As you can see average salaries for most of the categories are not too shabby at all. Obviously there are a few that might be less ideal but if its a specific area that you love, it might be worth it for you. My ideal specialty was originally in family law but after looking up this information I might make a switch to municipal or real estate law.
Hmmmmmmmm….. decisions, decisions.