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Old 10-11-2018, 08:00 PM
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Interestingly, Utah is set to become the second state to allow some paralegals to actually practice law in a limited capacity. Like Washington, appropriately qualified and licensed paralegals will be allowed to help people fill out forms, negotiate settlements, and the like. They will not be allowed to represent a person or client in court (not all clients are people), but they will be able to do some basic things without a lawyer reviewing their work. They will also be able to have a client trust account and will be held to attorney like standards of ethics.

With lots of people choosing paralegal studies while in prison, it would behoove them to keep an eye on the requirements for eventually taking this next step in their ability to practice, especially if law school is not in the cards. You should note that both states require appropriate certification and hours of practice as a paralegal before qualifying, exams, and the like. Think of it sort of like a registered nurse becoming a nurse practitioner - get the right degree and certification and practice as a RN, and you can become a NP.

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Does the LPP make the same amount of money as an NP can?
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Does the LPP make the same amount of money as an NP can?
Probably not as paralegals do not make as much as RNs.
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I am the mother of an offender so did not have the employment issues that ex-convicts face. I worked as a paralegal for 30 years.

Makes me wish I could work still, just because it would be exciting to be on these changes. When I started out in the early 80s, we were still trying to get attorneys to understand what paralegals can do. By 1999 it was impossible to get a job with a large firm without having a Bachelors Degree in something. My certification came from organizations like NALS and NALA and my formal education was only AA degrees in general studies and as an Administrative Assistant.

Arizona doesn't pay the best at anything, but I started in 1984 at minimum wage, was thrilled when I hit $24k a year. Since I was in a small town, the average paralegal salary in 2006 was $36k a year. When forced into retirement by disability in 2013, I was at $50k plus bonuses based on quarterly billable hours, which was the highest compensation for any paralegal in this county, but I had to also manage the office along with the legal work.Throughout my career, I did have paid benefits - such as health insurance, retirement, and reimbursement for the educational requirements to maintain my certifications.

Nurses definitely made more from the start of their careers and remain more in demand according to the articles I read.

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