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Assuming the end goal is to practise (corporate/commercial) law. Also assuming I’ve only just become an attorney.

1) In-house (corporate/commercial/generalist) paralegal role?
or
2) Boutique (immigration) attorney role that pays $12k more?

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Do not take a paralegal role if you are an attorney. You will fall behind and people will wonder why.

Do the imm thing and change practice areas after a year if you dont want to do imm.

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Agreed. I took a glorified paralegal role pre-license. Now that I have my license, I am getting offers from firms I don’t want and getting passed on by opportunities I truly desire. It’s been an uphill battle looking for work.

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Don’t see this as even a question. Option 2 hands down. Turning that paralegal role into something is going to be remarkably difficult. Take the attorney role and more $. And who knows, you might like immigration or be able to parlay that into commercial work.

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Neither.
Step 1. Get an IAPP certification, and apply to consulting companies as a privacy consultant. Check the Big4 specifically.
Step 2. Do a year of that then get an in-house privacy counsel job.
Step 3. From there, decide if you want to stay in privacy or start transitioning to a product counsel or commercial counsel role.
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Yup. A few of my colleagues from my consulting days had the same path as well.

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I’m an atypical hiring manager (focus more on experience and skills than academics and I hire non-college grads for fairly senior non-lawyer positions) and I still wouldn’t hire an attorney who worked as a paralegal.

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Working as a paralegal and then becoming a lawyer is great experience that I want. Becoming a lawyer and then working as a paralegal raises red flags I want to avoid.

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