Advantages and Disadvantages of the Paralegal Career
Every career has its advantages and disadvantages, and it’s no different for paralegals. The reasons given for “why consider a career as a paralegal” are also advantages you’ll likely enjoy as a paralegal.
But, there are also some disadvantages to the paralegal field. First, if you want to represent clients in court, you cannot legally do so as a paralegal. Some paralegals do use their paralegal education and experience as a starting point for determining whether they want to pursue law school and a career as a lawyer.
Depending on where you work – a law firm or another type of company – you may have to work long hours to accommodate the work load. You should be prepared to be flexible because you may be required to work at odd hours, depending on employer’s work load and needs.
Unfortunately, if you work for a smaller law firm or company, you may find there are not many advancement opportunities within the organization. So, if you want to seek advancement in such a situation, you’ll have to look elsewhere. On the upside, however, if you work in a larger law firm or company, you’ll likely have those advancement opportunities.
Finally, when you first start out as a paralegal, you may be relegated to doing the more menial tasks. Still, this shouldn’t last forever. Those paralegals who consistently perform well are often given more responsibility and more independence. But, as with any career, don’t expect to start at the top, yet don’t be afraid to make the top your ultimate goal.
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