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How much money does a person make with and associates degree in Paralegal?

How much money does a person make with and associates degree in Paralegal? Can a person work for a lawyer firm without and associates and without pervious experience such as a law clerk? Can a paralegal become a lawyer?

Asked By: sb0983 - 7/22/2008
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When I first graduated with my associates degree I had a hard time finding employment as a paralegal because I had no experience. Law firms don't like to hire people they are going to have to train. Time is money! My first paralegal job paid about $30k/year. More paralegal experience = more money... More
Answered By: It'sMe - 7/25/2008
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Sure a paralegal with an associates degree can become a lawyer but not just by working in a legal firm- you have to go get your Bachelors , then go to law school and pass the bar exam. As far as how much you can make with you associates, look on salary.com for the positions you are qualified for to get an idea of the... More
Answered By: Terrible Mess - 7/22/2008
 
When I was in law school there were a lot of former paralegals there. It actually gives you an advantage over other students. Less experienced Paralegals can make $25k--$32k. Paralegals with 15yrs+ can make $50k+ at large firms. Not all small firms/solo offices require any kind of paralegal degree. They're not looking... More
Answered By: cc - 7/22/2008
 
A lot of firms that use paralegals won't use ones with no experience. I would start working in a firm, office assistant, something along those lines and see if you can work your way up.
Answered By: Irish Amber - 7/22/2008
 
The opportunities for a paralegal really depends on the specialty. The most in demand paralegals are those in the litigation field; followed by corporate paralegals who are responsible for maintaining corporate records, articles of incorporation, etc. While the "least" markeable [but the "highest" paid] paralegals are... More
Answered By: vicseo - 7/22/2008
 
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