Paralegal work without paralegal experience

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laidoffjournalist
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Paralegal work without paralegal experience

Postby laidoffjournalist » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:02 am

Perhaps this is the wrong forum. I'd really like to work at a law firm... and not as a coffee bitch. I think I'd make a great paralegal as I pickup rules and protocols quickly, am very detail-oriented, can multitask and work quickly on deadline. But most places seem to want someone with a paralegal degree or past law firm experience. I'm a 0L and I don't have that. What's the best way to make this happen? Network with people I may know working at law firms? Headhunters? Mass mailing my resume? Or should I abandon the notion of being a paralegal, suck it up and intern?

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Re: Paralegal work without paralegal experience

Postby James Bond » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:15 am

...are you good at oral sex?

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Re: Paralegal work without paralegal experience

Postby Kohinoor » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:18 am

Ivy degree, know people, or be a cute girl is the only way I've ever seen it work.

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Re: Paralegal work without paralegal experience

Postby sportzer001 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:28 am

i know someone who did a legal assistant/internship and after a few months was offered a paying paralegal position..so you could try an internship/volunteer experience and show them that you would make a good paralegal

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Re: Paralegal work without paralegal experience

Postby laidoffjournalist » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:50 am

The sexually degrading responses are always a treat... :roll:

I do have family contact with some people at law firms. Maybe I can be that annoying person and ask them to try and help me out. I know places do hire new people so they can train them, but maybe in this economy and my local market, that's not the case so much. When I look on Craigslist or Indeed, they want 3+ to 5+ years experience. Yeesh.

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Re: Paralegal work without paralegal experience

Postby taw856 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:04 am

Try a temp agency for a foot in the door. They'll probably test you on basic stuff like typing speed/legal vocabulary, and as a recovering journalist you ought to be able to impress enough to get them to help place you somewhere.

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Re: Paralegal work without paralegal experience

Postby James Bond » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:23 am

laidoffjournalist wrote:The sexually degrading responses are always a treat... :roll:


I was being serious...

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Re: Paralegal work without paralegal experience

Postby Grizz » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:29 am

I got one of these jobs at a criminal defense practice, no prior experience, summer after my sophomore year of high school. The guy was one of my dad's friends.

Edit: the guy aka the attorney I worked for.

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Re: Paralegal work without paralegal experience

Postby James Bond » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:30 am

rad law wrote:I got one of these jobs at a criminal defense practice, no prior experience, summer after my sophomore year of high school. The guy was one of my dad's friends.

Edit: the guy aka the attorney I worked for.


That's hitting it a little close to home, I'd say. Do you have no shame?

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Re: Paralegal work without paralegal experience

Postby Grizz » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:39 am

biv0ns wrote:
rad law wrote:I got one of these jobs at a criminal defense practice, no prior experience, summer after my sophomore year of high school. The guy was one of my dad's friends.

Edit: the guy aka the attorney I worked for.


That's hitting it a little close to home, I'd say. Do you have no shame?


Har har no sexual favors involved.

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Re: Paralegal work without paralegal experience

Postby kumba84 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:04 am

One of my friends got a paralegal type job (without the title) through a connection. She started off at $10/hour, but it's in a low COL town. I think your best bet is to talk to everyone you know and see if any of their friends/family at law firms are looking to hire.




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