ghostofdreams wrote:It's been suggested that entering the legal market before considering or entering law school is an education in itself. Do you agree? If so, in what ways can a person enter into a job with some sort of legal capacity without a law degree or as a paralegal?
I think this is true; although it doesn't really give you a perfect idea of what it's like to be a lawyer, it at least gives you some idea. When I was applying to law school, big firms would hire paralegals just with an undergrad degree from a good school but they usually wanted a 2 year commitment. I don't know if the firms are doing this anymore. Small law firms usually want to hire paralegals who have some kind of paralegal training because you are doing a lot of the nuts and bolts of the work. Community colleges often have inexpensive classes/programs for this. You could also be a file clerk type, which typically does not require too much experience or training, but doesn't pay much and is boring. (but still possibly useful in terms of exposure to the firm and making connections).