Hi Angel and Hardknocks,
I came across your 'disenchanted lawyer' blog because I've been looking into starting a Paralegal Certification program this Fall -- career change from being a teacher to a paralegal. So while I don't have any tips for you about the legal profession, I was hoping I could trouble you with some questions?
For one thing, I'm terrified about putting in the time and money to earn a Paralegal Certificate only to be left unemployed, as this seems to be a huge problem for lots of paralegals and others working in the legal profession. Why are there so many unemployed paralegals, and why is it so difficult to find a job, and yet at the same time, there are TONS of articles floating around praising the paralegal profession as America's "Top Growing Profession," discussing the supposedly high demand for paralegals? Are those articles all just bullshit? Or is it a case where it depends on your location, like some places have a high demand for paralegals while others don't?
Another thing I wondered -- do you think that WHERE you obtain paralegal certification plays a role in obtaining a job? I'm trying to decide between two ABA approved programs in my area -- one is COD, a community college that just got ABA approved 1 year ago. It's the cheapest option by far, but I worry that the quality of the classes will be lacking.
The other option is Loyola University, a private school in Chicago that has been ABA approved for a long time but costs approximately 4 times more than the other program... My main concern is finding a job afterwards -- if the expensive university will better prepare me for the work, and will guarantee better job opportunities, then the extra tuition is worth it. But if law firms don't care where you obtain certification, then I should go for the cheaper option. What do you think?
Thanks so much for any help you can offer, and good luck with your work!Dearest Para-to-Be,
My guess is that paras are suffering just as much as lawyers because new and unemployed and unemployable lawyers are infiltrating their ranks as well. That's just a guess. As for what type of certification? I don't even know that it's necessary. I, for one, would rather a college grad who is smart and sharp and will work for pennies. Don't kill me because I'm honest. I've actually never had a paralegal work under me that was "trained" as a paralegal--except for one. I hated that bitch. She knew the CPLR far better than I and held her knowledge hostage like a prison warden.
What do you guys think? Paralegal v. Teacher v. Lawyer? What about marrying rich? Is that option on the table?