Why do paralegals make more $ than lawyers?

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Re: Why do paralegals make more $ than lawyers?

Postby hhockberger » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:04 pm

scifiguy wrote:I know not all paralegals do, but many do.

Why is that? I've read that paralegals can make as high as $140K in NYC.

And then there are lawyers making about $35-40K in many small law firms. What's the reasoning?

Because many biglaw paralegals bill out at $300/hr+

Tons of small law lawyers charge a lot less than that.

If an hour of your work makes the firm a boatload of cash, they will pay you well.

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