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WHY YOU MIGHT LIKE TO BECOME A PARALEGAL Whether you are young or not-so-young, planning your first venture into a career or changing careers in mid-life, you might like to consider becoming a paralegal. This field will open up a world of opportunities, enjoyment, and personal satisfaction for you! First, if you become a paralegal you will be taking on a very important role in the legal field. As one who has begun training for this career is taught, a paralegal needs to be as aware and up-to-date on laws, procedure, and the legal system, as the attorneys. Assisting an attorney is no small role, for you will be providing some very valuable functions-- in short, lessening the attorney's workload by dealing with many of his or her essential tasks. Second, working as a paralegal will give you the benefit of meeting many interesting people. Whether you are working in the office, providing hands-on assistance with legal cases, or preparing documents, your life will be enriched by the many fascinating people you get to interact with along the way. In addition, paralegal work provides a valuable service to the community. As there are not nearly enough qualified attorneys available to deal with every necessary aspect of legal work, there are a number of services which can be dealt with by a trained paralegal instead. While these services vary depending upon the specific laws in the state where you reside, many states allow paralegals to serve in some capacity to the community. The range of benefits to paralegal work also extend to income. Although pay rates vary in different areas, the general pay scale for a trained, qualified paralegal is very nice indeed! If you are considering entering this field, you will also be glad to know that in most locations paralegals are much in demand, which will make it relatively easy to get a job as well as the all-important factor of job security once you have been hired for the position. Another wonderful aspect to working in the paralegal field is that it will expand your range of knowledge and will keep you up-to-date with the frequent changes in the courts and legal system. As a paralegal, you will need to stay well-informed and current with the status of laws and procedure in general, but especially those surrounding the specific field of law that your attorney deals with on a regular basis. As you can see, there are many benefits in paralegal work. After you have considered all of these exciting opportunities which will be open to you, it is quite likely that you will decide that it is the career you have been looking for. What other field can hold so many opportunities for doing a type of work that is absolutely essential, playing a large role between an attorney and the public, while giving you job satisfaction, the chance to advance in your career if you wish to do so, and personal enjoyment, all at the same time? The paralegal field offers all of this-- and more-- to you!
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