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Old 05-28-2010, 08:04 AM
 
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Hi everyone. I am new to NYC, a recent college grad who is also certified as a paralegal. My bachelor's is in psychology. After about a year of searching for a job as a paralegal and not being able to find anything other than pay I consider an insult ($10 an hour, no benefits), I have become pretty disillusioned and am just plain-out not happy. My dad is a social worker and loves his job. My roommate is an ex-paralegal strangely enough herself, studying to get her MSW. I am curious about this field. According to Salary.com, the pay for social workers in NYC is almost exactly the same as it is for paralegals. I guess what I am wondering is how difficult it is to actually break into the field and get a decent paying entry-level job. Anyone who has any advice, I would truly appreciate it.
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Old 05-28-2010, 10:02 PM
 
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My mother was a social worker in NYC for a very long time. She actually climbed up the ladder and made it all the way to being the Deputy Director of a center. Do you want to work for the city? She actually liked it quite a bit and said there were good growth opportunities for smart, ambitious people. It's not easy work though. When I was young I said I wanted to do what she did- and she tried to convince me not to. I did not end up in that field. She talked about how tough it was sometimes to deal with the situations families were in, and trying to help them as much as possible but at the same time staying within the guidelines and rules. It can be very stressful and you have to be assertive- can't let the people lie to you/try to bribe you/walk all over you, etc.

One good thing is that it's job that is everywhere. When we moved to FL she had no trouble finding a job down here before we even moved.
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Old 05-28-2010, 11:32 PM
 
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i'm surprised you cant find a good paying paralegal job. the base may not be great but there's the overtime. have you looked at the large law firms? i've been on both sides -- law firm support services & social services. even with my MSW the pay was better in law.
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Old 05-29-2010, 12:02 AM
 
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i'm surprised you cant find a good paying paralegal job. the base may not be great but there's the overtime. have you looked at the large law firms? i've been on both sides -- law firm support services & social services. even with my MSW the pay was better in law.
A TON of jobs in the legal profession got cut in the recession. I heard that at one top firm, up tthrough 2007 they were hiring 40 paralegals each year (straight out of college, recruiting on campus). Last year this same firm hired one paralegal. My understanding was that the attorneys, because they were much less busy, were taking over some of the work that used to be handed off to paralegals.
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Old 05-29-2010, 12:14 AM
 
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A TON of jobs in the legal profession got cut in the recession. I heard that at one top firm, up tthrough 2007 they were hiring 40 paralegals each year (straight out of college, recruiting on campus). Last year this same firm hired one paralegal. My understanding was that the attorneys, because they were much less busy, were taking over some of the work that used to be handed off to paralegals.
there's some truth to that. when i worked in real estate legal services there were layoffs at the partner rank on down while bankruptcy and business reorg was booming. i think getting a paralegal job will depend on which practice areas are profitable at the moment. i left the firm last year so i'm not on top of trends anymore.
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