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How Hard is it for a Paralegal to Land a Job at a Good Law Firm?

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We asked attorneys and legal staff members throughout the country how hard it is for a paralegal to land a job at a good law firm. Several individuals weighed in on our question and provided excellent advice. We hope you enjoy their responses as much as we did.
 

It is extremely difficult for new paralegals to obtain employment at small to mid-size firms who do not have the time to train them. Schools are training legal assistants very poorly. That is why I created my own paralegal training course on Udemy.

-Dr. Shawn Council, Esquire, LPD
Attorney at Law
Doctorate of Law & Policy
www.shawncouncil.com
 

If a paralegal presents well (physically and dresses well) and displays a knowledge of the subject matter (such as litigation), it is not too hard to land a job, especially if the salary request is low enough to allow the attorney to 'make money' from the spread (the amount paid to the paralegal vs. what the large firm can bill the client for his/her services). The keys--look the part, display proper knowledge, and do not ask for too much money. If they perform, they will be handsomely rewarded by a large firm.

M. Drew Siegel
Law Offices of M. Drew Siegel & Associates
www.drewsiegellaw.com

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