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NSW Question on Paralegal Worklife

Discussion in 'Other/General Law Forum' started by Mia.Keen, 1 March 2016.

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  1. Mia.Keen

    Mia.Keen Member

    1 March 2016
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    Hello. I'm wondering if anyone here is a paralegal? I'm interested in a career as paralegal. Just wanting to know a few things to see if its suitable for me.

    What is the work-life balance like? Is it long hours?

    I am a single mum of 2 very young kids. I guess I really want to know if you think its a suitable career to pursue with young kids.

    Thanks for your time :)
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

    16 April 2014
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    Hi Mia,

    Being a paralegal is definitely more flexible then being a lawyer, but how much flexibility / work life balance etc you can negotiate and what sort of hours you work depends largely on the firm. Paralegals are to some extent treated like lawyers, they bill for their time that they charge to files and usually have a budget that they are expected to meet as well. Some firm's budgets are more reasonable than others. Sorry I can't be more specific, but it depends on the firm.

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