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Anyone else a Paralegal?
« on: March 31, 2006, 08:43:55 PM »
I know there are at least a few others on LSD who are. Don't be shy now!  I'll start. I'm a paralegal for a solo attorney doing real estate, tax, estates and small biz law (contracts and stuff), but mainly real estate, it all ties into that. Yeah, nothing all that exciting, but there it is.

lsatflunkie

Re: Anyone else a Paralegal?
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2006, 08:48:33 PM »
Matrimonial/Family Law- in New York.  I've been in this specialty for longer than most of you have driven a car ;)  It's an interesting field, emotional and sad, but can be fulfilling. It's also where I will be after LS- in fact, I'll be at my current firm.

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Re: Anyone else a Paralegal?
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2006, 08:55:30 PM »
yeah, sort of. I have a $20K diploma that says I am. State law says I'm not.
Anyway, I have been preparing tax returns, and also do a little paralegal work for those acting pro se.

I figure if the lawyers can't afford to hire a paralegal, then the paralegal can't afford to hire lawyers.

Re: Anyone else a Paralegal?
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2006, 08:57:27 PM »
yeah, sort of. I have a $20K diploma that says I am. State law says I'm not.
Anyway, I have been preparing tax returns, and also do a little paralegal work for those acting pro se.

I figure if the lawyers can't afford to hire a paralegal, then the paralegal can't afford to hire lawyers.

Really, which state? i didn't think any state regulated paralegals yet. Although I think one or two have a paralegal registration of sorts...california i think? enlighten me. 

lsatflunkie

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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2006, 08:57:53 PM »
yeah, sort of. I have a $20K diploma that says I am. State law says I'm not.
Anyway, I have been preparing tax returns, and also do a little paralegal work for those acting pro se.

I figure if the lawyers can't afford to hire a paralegal, then the paralegal can't afford to hire lawyers.

what state? and what law?

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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2006, 09:03:16 PM »
the law? a paralegal isn't a paralegal unless employed by a lawyer or agency. Education is optional...meaning that someone without a paralegal degree has as much or more of a chance at employment with a lawyer (the lawyer could be expected to offer a lower starting wage.)

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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2006, 09:04:44 PM »
Hopeflly soon!

Fidelio

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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2006, 09:05:12 PM »
paralegal?

yah what is that?  ???


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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2006, 09:06:34 PM »
the law? a paralegal isn't a paralegal unless employed by a lawyer or agency. Education is optional...meaning that someone without a paralegal degree has as much or more of a chance at employment with a lawyer (the lawyer could be expected to offer a lower starting wage.)


Ah, that is what you were talking about. Yeah, paralegal doesn't actually exist because no law in any state regulates paralegals as of yet. Like you said, if a lawyer highers someone and wants to call them a paralegal, then they can, there is no regulation like say for a cpa or a nurse or whatever. But, most lawyers will not higher someone as a paralegal unless they have the education and experience behind them. And even then, they may not. It is a weird thing.

lsatflunkie

Re: Anyone else a Paralegal?
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2006, 09:10:21 PM »
the law? a paralegal isn't a paralegal unless employed by a lawyer or agency. Education is optional...meaning that someone without a paralegal degree has as much or more of a chance at employment with a lawyer (the lawyer could be expected to offer a lower starting wage.)


Ah, that is what you were talking about. Yeah, paralegal doesn't actually exist because no law in any state regulates paralegals as of yet. Like you said, if a lawyer highers someone and wants to call them a paralegal, then they can, there is no regulation like say for a cpa or a nurse or whatever. But, most lawyers will not higher someone as a paralegal unless they have the education and experience behind them. And even then, they may not. It is a weird thing.

Paralegals most certainly do exist in the law.  Paralegals can merely function as a secretary or paralegals can function (as far as the work they do) as attorney's without giving legal advice.  It's in NY law- paralegal's, ethics, etc..