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Any paralegals turned lawyers here? How did you leverage your experience when negotiating salary? Esp. If you have 5+ years and you aren’t “green”

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Same same. Everyone has told me my paralegal experience doesn't count. I'm, sorry, so 8 years of billing 2000+ hours doesn't count? I managed cases and people and did legal research and vetted discovery vendors...guess what? All that apparently irrelevant work experience has made me a better lawyer, but most lawyers are too high on themselves to realize that it's not just academics and pedigree that make you a good lawyer. But, yeah, I don't put it on my resume.

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Yeah...I was a transactional para, but the poster saying that what you did doesnt understand UPL. There's very little paras can't do, as long as they are supervised by an atty. OP, just know you will be a much more effective atty for all your prev exp, and your _first_ job may not pay you more, but you'll come up the ladder later.

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Try and capitalise on any substantive legal experience you gained as a paralegal. I was a paralegal for some years too before becoming a lawyer but my current firm didn't care at all about that and only wanted to know about my "legal" experience.

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“Legal” experience...smh. Thanks!

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I was a paralegal for 6 years and unless you are working at the same firm as a lawyer there usually isn't much negotiating with salary. What it will help you do is have a leg up on another first year associate who doesnt have the same experience. But honestly, they are different. It's like being in the minor leagues and being in the pros. As a lawyer the speed is faster and the expectations are higher.

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This. You'll be way ahead of your peers. But unlikely it'll be in your salary.

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Former paralegal heading to big law after graduation. I leveraged my experience for the position, but only after making the case for it. I did not see any opportunities for negotiation. Some lawyers have trouble understanding the value of paralegal experience (I had one attorney dismiss me and say I don’t know what the law is like until I’m a real lawyer). In my experience the most effective use of my background was to make the case that I knew how to work with difficult partners and I knew what is expected in terms of attention to detail, etc.

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