Are you a nurse? RT? PT? (insert your expertise here)? Are you looking to get off the floor of the hospital and into a new field? This article is geared towards you. The law field pays top dollar for your expertise in the field of med-mal. How much? $44,000 to $77,000 average salary.
Paralegals are always in demand, much like the medical professions. Many states do not have a set regulation regarding this field. It means someone with a High School Diploma can “technically” call themselves a paralegal. However, many lawyers require a certification or some college before they will hire the said person as a paralegal.
On the state level, few states require more than a certification and/or membership into the National Paralegal Association (for your state) to sit for the exam. For this, it is best to check with your state’s requirements before jumping into this field. There are states that require this to be a higher education learned field, such as AS or BA degree. However, many states have no such requirements. (This would be the one I currently live in and am writing this article based on.)
Once you get yourself enrolled into a certification program via college continuing education or online, you can have your certification in under a year and a half. This certificate allows you access to the exam. If you pass the exam, you can immediately begin soliciting law offices for your services. The Association allows you connections for assistances with things you are learning in the beginning. You would be a Freelance Paralegal. Your background in the medical field will help you to advertise to Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, and other legal services filing cases against the medical field.
It is worth looking into for those of you who have always wanted to get out of the hospital and own your own business. It may be a slow start, but fees can start at $100 per hour billable to the lawyer for your services.