Why I Love My Job

Someone who wished to stay anonymous stated that my blog presented the not-so-pretty side of being a paralegal.  As I look back through my posts, I suppose that’s true to some extent.  Perhaps it’s about time for me to talk about why I love my job so much.

Intelligence

While there are stupid people everywhere, I get to work with brilliant individuals- lawyers, paralegals, legal secretaries, and marketing and HR folks.  Working in a law firm, by the nature of the profession, puts you in contact with smart, bright people.  Enjoy it.  Pick their brains.  Have conversations with them. You’re lucky.

Clients

I get to help people in very real ways.  The ability to be part of a team that helps other people through the harrowing legal process is a blessing.  Telling a client that the court battle is finally over and having them thank you profusely for your help is incredibly uplifting.  Providing assistance to your clients is often why you get dressed and come to work everyday.

Learning

Our profession allows us (almost infinite) ways to learn and grow.  There are so many areas of the law we can pursue.  Tired of doing medical malpractice work?  Move on to commercial litigation!  Learning is one of my passions, and I’m so glad that I found a job (and a firm) that allows me branch out.

In the end…

Paralegals, tell me what you love about our profession.  Let’s crowdsource this!

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5 thoughts on “Why I Love My Job

  1. krgfrp

    Haley, you are right, working in the legal profession affords us the luxury of interacting with people who typically are above average in intelligence. We too must be of above intelligence if we are in the mix – likes attract. Helping clients in whatever way your chosen area of law allows is what we do all about. Learning is part of this profesion as well. You make wonderful points. Being a paralegal is a lot of work, it is demanding in its nature and by those with whom we work; it can sometimes drive you to frustration places you didn’t know existed; the demands in some sense or another are never ending – there is no “clean desk – all done” before you can finish one project ten others have been dumped into your e-mail inbox. However, I would not do anything else. I tried once and thought I would lose my mind in boredom. We, paralegals, are over achievers. We complain and lament but we love it!

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  2. stevensanchez3

    I can relate completely. In my practice areas, I am constanly reminded of the differnence I can make in the lives of those who have lost a loved one. It’s very rewarding when you can legitimately improve someone’s life through the work we do.

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  3. Zach

    I was an assistant paralegal right out of college, and I loved almost everything about my work. I worked in international transactions, and I loved the intricate problems involved in each deal and the way that, after a couple very long weeks, I could see some massive deal go through.

    The one thing I didn’t like was the persistent feeling that I was only getting part of the story. Working on the translation of documents, I was told things like “Don’t say ‘contract’ there–that’s got a specific legal meaning.” I always followed those instructions, but it was–as would be expected, I guess–frustrating to have the final answer be something like “because I said so.” The lawyers I worked with always phrased it in a much nicer way, but that was the message I got. Eventually, I was convinced that I couldn’t be happy without seeing the whole picture. So I went to law school.

    Now I’m a lawyer, and I either know the legal answer or know how to find it. And I’m always learning new things. The $250,000 in loans it cost me and my wife to get through law school was a philosophically small (and sometimes physically terrifying) price to pay for a lifetime of interesting work.

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