Why I Want to Be a Paralegal
When first accepted to college, I was a theatre major with emphasis in performance and research. After one year of that major I realized that I did not have the personality type to be on a constant look out for small jobs. I also did not want to be moving constantly. I had a vague idea of applying to law school if theatre didn’t go anywhere for me. After much thought, I realized that law school was what I really wanted to do with my life. From an early age I was greatly interested in mystery novels and law shows. I was especially attracted by the type of novels that allowed the reader to attempt to solve the mystery before turning to the last page to read the answer. My favorite television show has been “Law and Order” since the age of eleven, however inaccurate it may be. I believe that it was partly the attraction to books and shows like these that planted the idea of being a lawyer in the back of my mind. When I began high school I became a student school librarian. I kept that post until I graduated (with library service cords). While I was a librarian I became very familiar with the ins and outs of the Dewey Decimal System, and I helped both teachers and students with research. I came to realize that I liked researching. In the high school theatre department and later the college theatre department, I became a dramaturg: the person responsible for doing any and all research needed to perform a play. After I came to college as a theatre major I realized that I missed being a librarian. I also realized that I did not like the uncertainty of theatre. The ghost idea of being a lawyer if theatre didn’t work out became more solid. After thinking about how much I like research and figuring things out, it became what I wanted, not a back up plan.
So I changed my major to Paralegal Studies and found a job as a legal secretary/paralegal. I have come to realize that the legal field is wonderfully diverse and that being a paralegal...
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