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« on: April 21, 2012, 03:41:22 PM »
Which school do you attend? Which agency did you work for?
I didn't quit law school, per se. I just never had the money to finish on my own. And, I don't see a rich man in my future. The paralegal certificate I earned was within my budget.
« on: April 20, 2012, 06:47:41 PM »
Again, do a little research, so that your comments are backed by actual knowledge.
« on: April 20, 2012, 06:44:46 PM »
My dear, who do you think the results of legal research are directed to? I think I can spell it out for you. Legal research projects means attorneys are the paralegals' clients. You really need to do your homework before you post comments.
« on: April 18, 2012, 10:03:01 PM »
The five year game plan is, in actuality, what some state bar agencies require before they will allow a JD grad of an online school to even take their exam.
Don't knock government jobs. Most federal agencies require some pretty hefty credentials.
« on: April 18, 2012, 09:50:42 PM »
Several books clearly state that paralegals can perform legal research.
« on: April 18, 2012, 05:44:57 PM »
A trial strategist is a behavioral profiler.
A legal memo is an analytical document based on sound legal research.
A paralegal can do either one of those jobs. Performing those functions would not be UPL.
An attorney would use a person with those skills for the same reason she would hire a personal assistant: to free her mind up to better represent clients. And, attorneys hire based on past performance. That kind of experience can be gained by starting out doing pro bono work.
Someone with a non-ABA degree is essentially a paralegal.
« on: April 17, 2012, 02:47:56 AM »
Keep in mind that whichever school you choose, you will have to learn a huge amount of material in a year so that you can pass the FYLSE on the first try. You will have to know much more about contracts, torts, and criminal law than any brick and mortar first year law school student. If you don't live in California, add flight, hotel, and meal expenses for every time you need to take the exam again.
« on: April 08, 2012, 02:05:35 PM »
If you are making less than a certain amount, you might be eligible for legal aide. Maybe the don't ask, don't tell approach would be helpful, here. Don't mention the severe lack of good judgment on an employment application unless specifically asked about it. If you are asked about it, admit that, at the time, you didn't know how to handle the pressure and sought the easy way out. And, that you learned, for next time, to either asked for help or give the project up entirely (as in, drop the course).
Try the network approach in looking for jobs; where the interviewer has met you outside the office first. Volunteer at a legal aide office. Get involved in working with inmates and their legal problems. There always seems to be work available in criminal law.
Just like a credit history, build up a dossier of good acts that will bury that one act of moral bankruptcy.
« on: April 07, 2012, 02:49:13 PM »
If you send in 10.00 a month while you are in law school, the 400 debt will be paid by the time you graduate.
But, the debt is not a serious problem. You tend to confront authority figures. And, while questioning authority and testing the rules is a lawyer-like trait, you will need to control yourself in class, or you won't even get to the character/fitness phase.
Go ahead and apply. There are practicing attorneys out there with felony convictions. Some have been in jail for being in contempt. One guy attending law school here in Tampa has a child for whom he pays child support, but has no interest in seeing. Not all law students or graduates are angels.
You can get all that childhood stuff sealed/expunged. You can be your first case.
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