I realize this thread is very old now but maybe someone can still help me. I'm an undergrad approaching my senior year and thinking about becoming either a certified paralegal or a lawyer. The only thing deterring me from becoming a lawyer is the number of hours they work. My impression is that attorneys spend an inordinate amount of time working, and I'd rather have a healthy work-life balance. (I do not want to be one of those people whose work IS their life.) Do paralegals work significantly less than lawyers?Also, does anyone have any tips for becoming a paralegal? What should I look for in a paralegal education? I'm currently looking at the paralegal diploma offered by NYU, but the curriculum doesn't appear to include an internship. How important are internships? Any other tips?Any and all advice is appreciated.(EDIT: I just realized this board was for high school students. Sorry about that, but I'll leave this post up here anyway.)
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