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Old 11-02-2008, 11:48 AM
 
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I have been laid off for quite a while now. I have a degree in Paralegal studies from a community college and live in Michigan where there are NO Paralegal jobs or any other jobs for that matter. If there are any Paralegals on the board who can recommend places to relocate where I might have a better chance (I understand the recession factors into my problem) but any input would be appreciated. The cities I wanted to look into were Denver, Phoenix and Southern California (where all my employment calls seem to be coming from)....Im worried about the cost of living in Cali etc. Thanks for any input.
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:26 PM
 
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Where ever there is a large amount of businesses, and people

I hear Mich is hurting economically so maybe go to Chicago, or Ohio (columbus, Cleveland)

I hear they still have a relatively strong economy in the Midwest
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Old 11-02-2008, 06:37 PM
 
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I'm a paralegal, but I don't know how the job market is. My recruiter emails seem to be mostly for legal secretary jobs right now - if there are any at all. Word on the street is some big firms are about to lay off in some sections - banking, real estate, for example.
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:12 AM
 
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Where ever there is a large amount of businesses, and people

I hear Mich is hurting economically so maybe go to Chicago, or Ohio (columbus, Cleveland)

I hear they still have a relatively strong economy in the Midwest
Highest unemployment rate in the US.

My advice: leave Michigan.
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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There are several forum groups just for paralegals, I belong to two yahoo groups. I'm a real estate title examiner and have been out of work since June

You don't say what area you've worked in but you might consider trying to hire on to a firm as a secretary and working your way up?


Let us know what you find out.
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:17 AM
 
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Again, you would think this would be a stable job???

What's happening where 'nothing' is stable??
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:28 PM
 
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Highest unemployment rate in the US.

My advice: leave Michigan.
And the thing is Mich has whole lotta peoples
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Old 11-04-2008, 09:46 PM
 
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Chicago unemployment rate is not that great right now either. I have noticed that there are paralegals that have bachelors now. Rather than just the associates degree. Is that preferred in the field now? Is that the only way you can become a paralegal is to have a bachelors because (like most other fields) it has become glutted? Just curious... I was recently job searching and I did notice a lot of legal secretary positions open, and those seemed to pay pretty well.

I would think it would be beneficial to find a paralegal trade association and inquire there or even join one.
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:45 AM
 
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I have a Bachelors degree and it helps a lot in finding a paralegal job. I have never had trouble getting a job. My paralegal friends without a 4 year degree have more trouble finding a paralegal job and sometimes end up in paralegal/secretary ("slash") jobs working for solo attorneys (which you couldn't pay me to do).

Firms can bill you out at a higher rate if you have a 4 year degree and sometimes clients require the paralegals on their cases have 4 year degrees. (I'm talking about the big multi-national companies clients.)
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Orange County, California
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I work in a law firm in Orange County, and any reputable firm will require a 4 year degree and an ABA-approved Paralegal Certificate (from universities). The community college route will get you a job with a solo practitioner or in-house possibly. You'd stand to make more money as a Legal Secretary/Admin. They can make up to $50-90K.
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