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Old 09-22-2011, 10:16 AM
 
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3.5 years paralegal experience
Bachelors Degree + paralegal certificate
Looking for job in/around Denver.


Anyone have any advice/knowledge of the job market right now? Thanks!
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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I work with a lot of volunteers who are paralegal grads and they're finding it pretty tough to find a job here. A few of them have succeeded, but it's definitely a minority.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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Department Of Corrections. My sis-in-law is a paralegal there. She works at the home offices in Colorado Springs.
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:05 PM
 
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Autodidact- Do your volunteers have any experience already or are they fresh grads? Also, 2 year degree or 4 year? Thanks for any help. I'm trying to decide if i need to add something more to my resume before applying!

Sheridan L- Thanks for the info!
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:33 PM
 
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It's a very tough market out here at any level in the legal profession. Even lots of attorneys find it difficult to get jobs.
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Old 09-23-2011, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I'm a paralegal and work downtown. The market is tough for sure, but it also depends on your experience level. What do you specialize in? IP, immigration, environmental are all booming.

If you are just a para grad and have no experience, yeah, you'll have an impossible time finding work. These people are not in the same group as the ones with experience and a degree. You are in a much better position. Attorneys are having a tough time with finding work but the para's are doing much better.

Also, what part of the country are you coming from? Our law and rules are much different than the east coast and south.
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:01 PM
 
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I'm a paralegal and work downtown. The market is tough for sure, but it also depends on your experience level. What do you specialize in? IP, immigration, environmental are all booming.

If you are just a para grad and have no experience, yeah, you'll have an impossible time finding work. These people are not in the same group as the ones with experience and a degree. You are in a much better position. Attorneys are having a tough time with finding work but the para's are doing much better.

Also, what part of the country are you coming from? Our law and rules are much different than the east coast and south.
Hi DenverLawGal,

I am in the upper midwest. Its crazy the bad stuff out on the internet about jobs and paralegal stuff. I know the market is bad, but it just sounds impossible! The bachelors degree helped me get my current job. I work in a personal injury firm currently. I also know quite a bit of spanish and am working on becoming fluent if that helps.

Thanks for a little ray of hope. I know it's not easy AT ALL to get into Denver, but I'm hoping I can find a way in.
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Old 09-25-2011, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Hello,

You really need persistence. Spanish definitely helps, especially in the immigration fields. The PI work will help you get into litigation, which is vast. The trick to a good salary is getting work downtown, in a large firm. Go for anything, secretary, floater. It will pigeon hole you for awhile, but what you need is work now.

Are you used to billing your time? Do you have an annual requirement to meet now? We are around 1300-1800 per year. If you can do that easily you might be able to get in as a paralegal without having to edge in as a secretary.
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:54 AM
 
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I dont know about the paralegal job market but the Denver attorney market is horrible. I have over two years of experience and went to a first tier law school. I am getting interviews but i am being told that hundreds of people are applying to these low paying jobs at crappy firms that pay nothing and have way more experience than me.
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