Paralegal Program

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
Municipal Law $71,254
Energy Law $68,000
Tax $64,350
Workers’ compensation $63,742
Commercial law $63,360
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.

 

 

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My First BLOG POST!

This is my first ever blog post. I am freaking out a little… ok, a lot! I am suppose to write something that you want to read about. Something that is relevant to my future recruiters. I’m not real sure what that is but I hope to have that figured out by the end of this post.

I have only been in school for six weeks now and I am finally starting to get the hang of this whole studying and homework thing. It was so much easier to do before there were kids, bills, jobs, you know, before adulting.  But as rough as it has been, I wouldn’t change a thing and I love being back in school.  As of right now, I am in Business Communication. It’s a great class for refreshing your communication skills on all levels. But I am impatient and really want to get into the classes that are more focused towards my degree.  While I know how extremely important this class is, I want to learn about the law!

I had never really realized how much I was interested in the law until my friend graduated from Tulsa University with a law degree. She was a single mom of four children and kick that law programs booty!  After talking to her about her different “adventures” at her job, it made me really think about how much I would like to be in that type of a career. And the fact that she did all of that on her own showed me that I had no excuses. I can do it too.  I’m not much of a get up in front of people in a large room and talk person. I prefer to be behind the scenes taking care of business.  So this, I think will be perfect for me. All of the coolness of the law but not as much of the being on the front lines.

I don’t really think this entry ended up being completely relevant to my future recruiters but I think it could be a little interesting and maybe a smidgen silly. But that’s ok, I’ll take it for now.