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Is a Paralegal a good job to have, do they know as much as lawyers?

I was thinking about becoming a paralegal for my OWN personal benefit, in my free time. I am currently a registered nurse who is starting up their own small company....I'd like to be my own boss and get out of being treated like crap by my bosses co-workers at the hospital...yeah, medicaid patients are awful to me too, but patients don't get under my skin the way my backstabbing co-workers do. ANYHOO..I was thinking it might be nice for me to go to a Paralegal course and learn some stuff about business law, etc. I wouldn't be working for anyone. What do you think? My partner (fiance) is a computer science major...so he would be able to take care of the computers at our small business as well. :-)

Asked By: portia - 8/26/2009
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WHY do you think Lawyers go to law school all those years? NO, Paralegals do NOT know as much as Attorneys! Previous-poster "Gail" obviously doesn't have any personal knowledge of the current status of the field of Law. Paralegals are NOT allowed to: solicit business, represent clients in Court, prepare contracts, and/... More
Answered By: mailaccount63 - 8/27/2009
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According to my younger brothers wife, a paralegal makes very good money! They know a lot sometimes more than the lawyers do as they are the ones who do all the research for the lawyers in the first place. They just can't present themselves as lawyers in a court of law... More
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Answered By: Gail - 8/26/2009
 
Can't tell you if it is a good job or not, but as far as whether they know as much as lawyers, I am guessing they don't have to - because otherwise they probably would *be* lawyers, so they could get a higher income.
Answered By: sashazur - 8/26/2009
 
In most states, Paralegals can't preform any legal work without a lawyer over seeing their work... More
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Answered By: Rach - 8/29/2009
 
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