Job Title: Paralegal
Type of Company: I work for a large insurance company.
Education: AS, North Shore Community College
Previous Experience: I started at a plaintiff's law firm, then moved to another. But I have since switched sides.
Job Tasks: I work for an insurance defense law firm, a Fortune 500 company that's been around for many years. I am a paralegal. My duties include working on class action law suits and on very old cases, sometimes dating back to the 1950's.
I work on cases stemming from litigation all across the United States. There are five paralegals in my group. We work a lot on database and document reviews. Included in our work is bankruptcy law and bankruptcy cases. It is very interesting work and is document intensive. Working for a large company is very rewarding and exciting. There is always a lot to learn.
Continuing education is important in most jobs, as it is in the legal field and I attend courses on a rolling basis. The profession itself tries pretty hard to be ethical and you need to meet those ethical standards and be professional at all times. The work is challenging, rewarding and interesting, so it makes the days go by very quickly. Sometimes travel is required in the job and you get to see different places and meet interesting people. It is a good learning experience to visit the other states as each has different laws.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is that you learn something new almost every day. It is always very interesting work and exciting. It is never boring. It is like being a detective and searching out information that is valuable to your matter. The job is busy so your day goes very fast.
The worst part of the job can sometimes be that you are so busy and have so many things to complete. Time management is key to this position and if you have a good handle on that, the job runs smoothly.
Job Tips: In this day and age, I would suggest obtaining a four-year degree to get a position in this field. The jobs are plentiful in local large towns. The salaries will differ, depending on where you choose to work. If you work in Boston, of course, the salary will be higher. The people you meet are normally very nice and interesting. You will never be bored in the position.
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