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Paralegal Degree - easier to get hired with it, or job experience more desirable?

I am going to school to get my AAS in Paralegal Studies. I worked at a law office as a Legal Secretary/Receptionist for a year and a half. I drafted estate planning documents, drafted/filed documents for incorporating businesses, drafted letters and correspondence, ran errands, filed papers with the court, etc. I am not sure if what i did would be considered more legal secretary or receptionist type duties. I am worried that after I get my degree, I wont have enough job experience to get hired. I have heard that even with a certificate/degree, it may be hard for a Paralegal to get hired without the actual experience. I know I have SOME experience, so I am wondering what my chances will be once I have the degree? Any Paralegals out there willing to give me some advice? Do you have a degree or experience? I recently got turned down a legal secretary job because another applicant had more experience, but i was told that I was a close 2nd and "almost" got the job. Any advice?

Asked By: ~*Nicole*~ - 5/27/2008
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Answered By: CkBusiness19 - 5/30/2008
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You sound like me. I held a position as a legal secretary/receptionist for just over a year. Really enjoyed it and then decided to go for my AAS. The duties you were performing in your position were more along the lines of a receptionist, but that can always help you. It means you have managed to get your foot in the... More
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Answered By: byers7325 - 5/28/2008
 
Jobs in the field of law are SERIOUSLY drying up. Go into healthcare <LOTS of jobs there.
Answered By: mailaccount63 - 5/28/2008
 
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