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Does A Legal Advisor Working For A Company Have To Be An Attorney Or Lawyer?
"Advise" is the defining word. A person who is not a certified attorney can assist in preparing legal documents for someone else, but they cannot tell a person or a company how to proceed with a legal course of action. Only a person who is legally certified by that state can advise people or companies how to proceed legally.
Would Getting Associate Degrees In Paralegal And Foreign Language Be A Good Combo?
The Last Few Weeks, I'Ve Been 100% Sure I Wanted To Go Into Paralegal Studies, Because I Probably Wont Be Able To Go To A 4 Year University. I Had Heard That The Job Opportunities Are Great And They Make A Decent Salary. Then, I Come Onto Yahoo! Answers And View Various Blogs Saying That Going Into The Paralegal Field Is A Huge Mistake. I Was Planning On Get An Associates Degree In Liberal Arts With An Emphasis In Foreign Languages, Which Means Id Learn Two Out Of The Following Languages: Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Hmong, Japanese, Or Armenian. If I Was To Become Fluent In Two Of These Languages, Would My Job Prospects As A Paralegal Increase? Please Help! Have To Make A Decision Soon!!
My answer comes from my current experience as a commercial construction litigation paralegal. It is important that you understand that my experience is here in the state of Texas and that every state's requirements, requisites and mentality regarding the paralegal profession will be different.
With that said, let me clear the air about many of the posters on Yahoo and writers of these blogs. When you actually start researching these people's backgrounds, their personal choices and past, you will find that their anger and hatred toward the paralegal profession is unfounded. I have personally found that a lot of these people were misled about the profession, worked for a bad attorney, made bad personal choices, or were not cut out for the job. That isn't the profession's fault. We all make personal choices and when a career doesn't work out for you, it is not the profession's fault. Take their stories and their experiences with a grain of salt and do not let people like that deter you.
As for your educational choices. There is not a set standard for paralegal education; however, there are some states that are requiring a minimum of an associate's degree. I am not quite sure your liberal arts degree would be helpful or not. If you are set on becoming a paralegal, then you should really attend a college with a two year paralegal associate's degree program that is ABA approved. It is my opinion, that while you have good intentions to increase your marketability, you will actually decrease your marketability by going the liberal arts route. Going the liberal arts route will not give you the specialized legal classes that the traditional paralegal program will. That will put you at a disadvantage next to someone who does. When you add the foreign language, unless you are a proficient speaker, this will not really help you either. You will need to be conversational, not just have a degree that says you passed. Does that make sense? Unless you are already multi-lingual, no one is going to buy that you mastered a language in two years. I've taken Spanish for six years of my life. Four years in high school and two years in college. I live in Texas. I am conversational, but no where near qualified to call myself bi-lingual. Many of the firms here require their bi-lingual paralegals to take certification classes so they can be confident in the person's translation and language skills. Six years of Spanish and I still cannot pass the business Spanish proficiency test. So, unless you are wholly confident that you can speak the language, it will mean nothing to the employer. They are not going to hire someone who took two years of language and passed.
As far as increasing your job prospects...this is only true if you can proficiently speak a language someone is hiring in. Obviously, your job prospects are determinant on dozens of factors and no one here will be able to tell you how the job market will be when you graduate.
Do what you love and do it well. If you want to become a paralegal, stop worrying about how to be more marketable because I guarantee that will change before you complete your education. Get the best education tailored to your goals. Not whether it will get you a job, because the minute you do that, you'll be the next person starting a blog about why you hate the paralegal profession.
**EDIT** I doubt Doctor Deth is a paralegal, but LOVES to answer paralegal questions. To say "there is not a lot of paralegal jobs out there" is ignorant. I get at least two e-mails a day of firms advertising for a paralegal through paralegal associations. Jobs are there.
Define Social Contract According To Black'S Law Dictionary. What Does It Imply?
It implies that government exists due to a contract by which it performs the will of the people. Government affords you the right to be protected against crime, foreign invasion, and a host of other perils such as corrupt business practices and bad food. In return, you must obey the laws, pay your taxes, and provide conscripted service if asked.
The philosopher Rousseau in Le Contrait Social set forth the proposition that your ancestors sacrificed their freedom in exchange for these rights. Because man in a "state of nature" has complete freedom and can kill people, he must receive something in exchange for forgoing that freedom (i.e. the right not to be killed). Man therefore institutes governments by the consent of the governed.
It is the general will, not the individual agreement that matters. Criminals who violate this contract are worthy of punishment even if they do not agree, because from the moment of birth, they receive the benefits and owe the duty. You affirm your agreement to the contract by not leaving the country but contracts in the 1700s did not require agreement, only consideration.
So, What About Lawyers?
So, Lawyers Right? I'M Thinking Of Changing My Dream From Game Designing, To Something That Uses More Of My Talent Like A Lawyer. Well Thing Is I Don'T Know A Lot About Them Other Than What I See On Tv. If A Lawyer Themselve Could Personally Answer Some Questions For Me...I'D Greatly Appreciate It?
1. How Do They Get Paid?
2. How Much Work Could They Have To Put In For One Case?
3. Say They Needed To Go From Maine To California, Does It Come Out Of Their Pocket?
4. Straight Out Of College, What Can They Do? I'Ve Heard They Need A Good Reputation Before Joining Firms? How They Can They Work To Achieve That, And Get The Word Out Of Their Status?
5. Is It Extremely Hard? Will A New Lawyer Go Through Bad Finical Problems With A Chance Of Not Getting Back Out For Years?
Any Other Information Would Also Be Greatly Appreciated.
You need to ask yourself: what area of law you want to go into.
Lawyers get paid hourly for the most part: anywhere from $0 (pro bono) to $900/hour (high-end Wall St. lawyers).
How much work you put into a case depends on what case you have and what area of law it is and how deep your client(s)' pockets are.
If you travel on business, your client pays for it (provided it is in your attorney/client fee agreement).
Straight out of college, with J.D. and bar admittance, it depends, most rookies work under the wings of more experienced attorneys/firms.
Law school is EXPENSIVE. Some schools are more expensive than others, of course.
If you pass the bar, learn from another attorney and get a good secretary!! If you have the drive and intelligence, you would probably do OK for yourself, if not better than that.
Advice For Me?
Where Can I Seek Legal Advice About Custody?
Need to call a lawyer in your area. Only they can answer that for you, the law varies state ot state
A Question For Lawyers??
When I Catch A Drunk Driver, Time And Time Again The Offender Tells Me That Their Lawyer Advised Them Not To Do Any Field Sobriety Test, Do Not Give A Sample Of Their Breath Or Blood, And Invoke Your Rights And Remain Silent.
Now I Know That The Lawyers Are Suppose To Be On The Clients Side And Not The Officers Side When It Comes Down To Trial, But Would It Not Be Better For Everyone, Client, Officer, Public, If The Lawyer Told The Client &Quot;Don'T Drink & Drive?&Quot;
That is a darned good question. I am not an attorney, but I do know that my lieutenant at one point asked me if we should arrest an attorney who advised their client to take no tests for "obstruct official duty."
I knew we'd never get away with it because after all, the black robed guy on the bench is probably a fraternity brother for the lawyer, but it was a tempting idea.
So, no they won't say "don't drink and drive" because it's BAD FOR BUSINESS!