Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Is Being a Paralegal a Good Career Choice?

Every so often, I check the stats for this blog that I decided to leave up in case someone found something useful, and what mostly drives visits is the question, "Is being a paralegal a good career choice?"

That question makes me really sad. There's no other way to put it. The simple answer is, it depends on where you live and what kind of law firms are around you. If you live in New York or Boston or Los Angeles or Chicago, you have a better chance of having a fulfilling career as a paralegal, doing actual paralegal things, than you do if you live in a smaller area. My mistake was basing my decision on the Boston market for paralegals and trying to have a Boston-level career in a decidedly non-Boston area. It didn't happen. And it won't happen.

So before you get a paralegal degree, find out about your local paralegal association. Is it robust and thriving or just 30 beaten-down members? Will any of them tell you the truth about working for attorneys in the area?

What do the law firms in your area say about their paralegals? Can you talk to any of the attorneys about that?

What are you hoping to get out of this career change? Would you be happy doing half administrative work and half paralegal work, or do you need to be doing full-time paralegal work to feel fulfilled?

Again, my answers were based on the life of paralegals in Boston, before we moved away from Boston and into an area that didn't have giant law firms with paralegal career paths, which is why I am no longer a paralegal and let my RP designation expire last summer.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A New Direction for Christine

After nearly a decade as a legal assistant and paralegal, Christine is returning to her roots as a writer, bringing her love of words and experience as a journalist and freelance writer.  She has started Christine Parizo Communications, a full-service B2B copywriting agency.  As a content copywriter, Christine writes case studies, white papers, website copy, press releases, brochures, and other marketing and public relations materials that get results for clients, particularly in content marketing efforts. Christine specializes in B2B technology and finance.  For a no-obligation consultation, email Christine.  A small sampling of Christine's work is available on her website.  You can also find her on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Paralegal Careers Touted in Military, Lottery

Could being a paralegal be like winning your own personal lottery? I've been saying that for years, but if you work for the Arkansas Lottery Commission, you will cash in. A lottery paralegal makes $53,109 per year, while a paralegal for the Judicial Disability and Discipline Commission will make $34,324. (Source: Arkansas Times)

Meanwhile, Forbes has compiled a list of government jobs to apply to:

JobLocationSalary Range
Contract SpecialistCalifornia, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Colorado$56,411 to $94,200
Wage and Hour InvestigatorSan Jose, Calif.$55,015 to $71,520
Paralegal SpecialistLong Beach, Calif.$51,805 to $97,658


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Registration for the NFPA Annual Meeting Is Now Open!

Registration for the National Federation of Paralegal Association’s 2009 Annual convention is now live on the NFPA website.

The Oregon Paralegal Association invites you to Come to Oregon and Be a Paralegal Pioneer at the 2009 Annual Convention being held at the Red Lion Hotel on the River at Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon from October 29th through November 1st, 2009. (And for those of you who read Lucky Magazine, there's a great article about shopping in Portland.) Arrive early and take advantage of the excellent schedule of continuing education, including four concurrent CLE tracks: PACE, Paralegal 101, Corporate/Business and Litigation/Technology, being held on Thursday, October 29th. You will also have the opportunity to hear special keynote luncheon speaker Robert Dugoni, a Pacific Northwest attorney and author of legal/crime thrillers. You won’t want to miss the Thursday evening Trade Show Reception spotlighting exhibitors and celebrating NFPA’s 35th Anniversary. Many exhibitors and vendors will be showing off the latest in legal technology and services.

Attendees will also be having fun at our Friday night social event, hob-knobbing with members of AAfPE (who will be also convening in Portland for their annual meeting, and have been specially invited to join us), laughing at comedian Jan McInnis, aka “The Work Lady”, and having fun at our special Harvest Fair. On Saturday and Sunday, local association representatives will be gathering on the Floor of the Convention and helping shape the future of the paralegal profession. So make plans to get on the Oregon Trail and be a Paralegal Pioneer!

For more information, please visit the NFPA website at

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Paralegal Hired to XL Insurance Aviation Division

XL Insurance, the global insurance operations of XL Capital Ltd., yesterday announced the expansion of its US Aviation operations with four new appointments to its New York-based underwriting team, including a former paralegal, Eileen Mitchell, as a Class Underwriter.

Eileen Mitchell brings aviation brokerage experience, having worked most recently for Integro as well as Marsh. She has also worked with law firm Mendes & Mount as a paralegal working in aviation litigation management. Ms. Mitchell is a graduate of Marist College.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

New Overtime Case Encourages Settlement

A Florida paralegal left her employer, only to turn around and sue for back overtime wages.  Neither she nor her attorney told her old firm that a lawsuit was coming, which resulted in annoyed appellate judges.  The moral of the story?  Make sure that, if you're suing for back overtime wages (or for anything else, really) that your lawyer contacts the defendant/defendant's attorney to see if settlement is a possibility.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Florida Registered Paralegal Program Is 3,000 Strong

On the anniversary of the Florida Registered Paralegal program, it had over 3,000 who had registered with the state bar.

In order to qualify for the FRP applicants must meet one of the following requirements: work experience or education, certification or grandfathering. The work experience or education requirement includes a variety of educational degree and years of work experience requirements. (details are available at The certification requirement can be fullfilled through successful completion of testing through either the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) or the National Federation of Paralegal Assistants (NFPA).

Paralegals are optimistic regarding the future success of the program.

(Source: Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record)