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Old 07-08-2009, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Hi I just graduated with a degree in paralegal and looking to relocate. Here were I live in Ohio has no jobs like this. I'm would prefer a big city but no to picky. I have three children ranging from 3-9. I'm black and my husband is white. I would love a place with lots of children and family like. Thanks in advance
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:03 PM
 
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I just found this web site that listed the following cities for the best paying paralegal jobs. New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago. FYI- I graduated from paralegal school 3 years ago and I have yet to obtain anything more than a legal secretary position. It is VERY hard to get into an actual paralegal position unless you ahve 5+ years of experience or now someone. My advice is to take a lower position and try to work your way up. Also, I live in California and I like it here but it is RIDICULOUSLY expensive. Rent is outrageous and so are real estate prices and taxes. It is beautiful with tons to do, you would never be bored if you could ever afford to leave the house. Best wishes, April. If you ever want to chat w/ a fellow unemployed paralegal you can email me at [email]april.whitney@ymail.com[/email]
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:40 PM
 
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Just so you know, I have been a paralegal for twelve years now here in NYC, and employers have become ultra picky (Bachelors in Legal Studies from an Ivy League School with 3.5 GPA and Mandarin or Polish speaking). Jobs are paying so low (and being blamed on the economy, although I am sure the attorneys are making good money and decent bonuses), that it is almost impossible to live here, unless you lucked out and got a rent controlled apartment twenty years ago or have a rich significant other. Otherwise you wind up taking a crappy apartment in a crappy neighborhood and commute to a low paying job. vacation, what's that? doing laundry? Quality of life has definitely gone down.
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:11 PM
 
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I think the usual list of cities (NYC, Boston, Chicago, DC, LA and others) one would associate with large legal communities would be ones to avoid as there's probably a lot of competition for work, have high costs of living and with the possible exception of DC and Boston...somewhat high unemployment rates on top of lots of competition. Of course none of the major cities are particularly known as family-friendly either, though tend to be more liberal which eases concern for interracial couples generally. Larger cities where I think you might find a favorable vibe for both, as well as more favorable job prospects and less competition include:

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Old 09-01-2012, 11:40 AM
 
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I'm a single 44 yr old female making a career change to be a paralegal. I'm presently living in northern California. I'm considering relocating where the cost of living is affordable, and the law community is fairly large. What states or cities would you recommend?
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:03 AM
 
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Coming from Northern California I would think either Denver or Chicago would be a good fit for you in terms of lack of cultural shock versus some of the other options as well as overall cost of living.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Mission possible: Do you already have paralegal credentials?
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:33 AM
 
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I'm a single 44 yr old female making a career change to be a paralegal. I'm presently living in northern California. I'm considering relocating where the cost of living is affordable, and the law community is fairly large. What states or cities would you recommend?
ok, you sound exactly like me- same situation.
if you wanna discuss ideas good luck
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:08 PM
 
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I have an Associates Degree as a Paralegal. I currently live in Erie, Pa and absolutely no job offers in this particular field. Where would you recommend for affordable relocation and job opportunities?
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