« on: March 24, 2005, 02:02:43 PM »
i am currently working as a paralegal/legal assistant and i really like it a lot. i work the regular 8:30 - 5:30...my firm is medium sized and pretty laid back, so i usually don't have to work the crazy hours. however, i probably can't say the same for other firms out there. but i'm having a lot of fun and you learn a lot of practical experience that you definitely won't learn in law school. and it also helps to become familiar with the terminology and procedures before starting law school, if you decide to go. (my co-worker who is a current law student vouches for this)
also keep in mind, though, that what you do as a paralegal/legal assistant is going to be pretty different from what you'll do as an attorney. but it's good nonetheless, because you get first-hand experience of what it's going to be like in the future.
just a warning, though...it can possibly be kind of hard to get into a position at a law firm if you don't have any experience. (i'm assuming that you don't...i apologize if i'm mistaken) a good number of firms want someone who has some experience. i was lucky enough to land my position w/ just minimal experience from a bull internship. but try for smaller firms, b/c i think they'll be more willing to take a person w/ less experience. oh and i also suggest that, because you'll probably get more responsibility faster and thus learn more than you might working in a huge firm where they make you do nothing but sit in a corner and file papers all day.
hope this helps...good luck!