WHY BECOME A PARALEGAL?
Are you drawn to the law? You’re not alone. This year marks the tenth anniversary of paralegal regulation in Ontario. Since then, thousands of men and women have left their mark on this growing profession.
Working as a licensed paralegal offers challenges and opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. Here are five great reasons to become a paralegal.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Paralegals help make the justice system better for everyone.
For most people, the law is complicated, intimidating, and above all, expensive. Many people cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Working as a paralegal gives you an opportunity to help people navigate the system and get access to the justice they deserve. Paralegals guide people through the litigation process, provide reassurance, and lend a sympathetic ear to clients in need. At the end of each day, paralegals take pride knowing they helped make a difference.
FACE NEW CHALLENGES EVERY DAY
The law is constantly evolving. Part of a paralegal’s job is keeping up with changing legislation, decisions from higher courts, and new technology that affects the legal profession. It’s not always easy, but it’s a part of what makes working in the law so rewarding. There are always new problems to solve, new skills to master, and new things to discover. For those who love to learn, working as a paralegal is a fulfilling and stimulating career.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN PATH
Paralegals have countless career paths to choose from. Some paralegals thrive in the fast-paced world of big law firms. Others prefer smaller firms, working alongside a tight-knit team of paralegals and lawyers. Many paralegals are solo practitioners, who own and operate their own independent business. If law firms aren’t your thing, there are many opportunities for paralegals in government agencies and corporate legal departments.
Whether you’re a team player or a lone wolf, there’s a place for you in the paralegal profession.
Paralegals can provide legal services without a lawyer’s supervision. Independent paralegals have the freedom to make their own work hours, set their own fees, and choose their own clients. They have flexibility that other legal professionals, like law clerks and legal assistants, don’t have. As a paralegal, you can shape your career to fit your life – not the other way around. You can choose to work long hours and maximize your income, or make time in your day for your family, education, or other things that matter to you.
ENJOY ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES
The legal profession is here to stay, regardless of changing technology and economic downturns. People will always have legal disputes. Even the most law-abiding citizens will encounter a legal issue at some point in their lives. When they do, they will need someone to advise them and guide them through the process.
Paralegals are in a great position to capitalize on the changing legal market. Today’s clients expect greater transparency, lower costs, and more say in the cost of legal services. There is a high demand for affordable legal services. As the paralegal profession continues to grow, this demand will only increase.
LET'S GET STARTED
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