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LEGAL INTERN, IN-DEPTH: You Can Use A Law Degree To Spring Into Many Different Industries & Careers

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Noelle, a law student and legal intern for a conservation and development commission, describes what she likes most about her work and study, what's most challenging, and her key career decision. The idea of being a starving artist was better than the reality! She realized that she could make more of an impact on the world through environmental law.

School: Vermont Law School ; San Francisco State University - Vermont Law School
Degree: Law - Creative Writing
Job Title: Legal Intern

Job Summary: Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Job Description

Paralegals and legal assistants do a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Employers sometimes hire college graduates with no legal experience or education and train them on the job. In these cases, the new employee often has experience in a technical field that is useful to law firms, such tax preparation or criminal justice.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$30,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Organizational skills, People skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Analytical skills, Detail oriented

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