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IMMIGRATION PARALEGAL, IN-DEPTH: Like Helping People

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Tim talks about what he likes and dislikes the most about his job as a paralegal. He shares the difficulty of getting a job as a paralegal and the work-life balance he has.

School: University of California Berkeley
Degree: Legal Studies
Job Title: Paralegal

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
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$30,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
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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m='45060'>their needs</span> <span m='45320'>too.</span> <span m='46330'>How</span> <span m='46480'>difficult</span> <span m='46980'>is</span> <span m='47120'>it</span> <span m='47250'>to</span> <span m='47360'>get</span> <span m='47490'>a</span> <span m='47530'>job</span> <span m='47800'>in</span> <span m='47880'>my</span> <span m='48010'>industry?</span> <span m='48510'>I</span> <span m='48640'>would</span> <span m='48830'>say</span> <span m='49080'>that</span> <span m='50400'>if</span> <span m='50560'>you're</span> <span m='50750'>looking</span> <span m='51080'>to</span> <span m='51200'>be</span> <span m='51340'>a</span> <span m='51410'>paralegal,</span> <span m='53100'>it's</span> <span m='53320'>relatively</span> <span m='54090'>easy</span> <span m='54500'>if</span> <span m='54600'>you're</span> <span m='54890'>up</span> <span m='55070'>for</span> <span m='55320'>the</span> <span m='57070'>administrative</span> <span m='57610'>tasks</span> <span m='58050'>and</span> <span 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