What do you hate about being a paralegal?
Many of us have a love hate relationship with our paralegal career. I recently posed this question on LinkedIn and while surprisingly few people said “stress” or “long hours”, the number one complaint related to the dredded billable hour… “timekeeping” or “billing”. In fact, it was my answer as well.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand and fully embrace billing as a very critical part of the job. But, I do think that the billable hour hampers my inner Elizabeth Hilton. You don’t always have the luxury of following your instincts when you’re counting your .1s but you learn to work with it.
One thing I noticed is that people for the most part really like being a paralegal. The complaints are pretty minor and are generally ones that could be resolved with a change of firm. Not willing to bill your time? Try a plaintiffs firm or an area other than litigation. Hate filing or other routine administrative tasks? Try a larger firm with more secretarial/administrative support.
Not happy with your salary? Your opportunities for growth? The team dynamic? Perhaps a new job is in order. Of course, thats easier said than done depending on the job market in your area and with so many other issues to consider, these aren’t always deal breakers.
Let us know what you hate (okay hate may be too strong a word, maybe its just something that irks you) in the comments below!
“I hate billable time!! I would love to just work and do what needs to be done without logging every minute. I think it hurts creativity and thinking outside the box.” – L.M.C.
“I hate filing. Hate it. Filing makes the baby Jesus cry.” – A.W.
“The only thing I hate about being a paralegal is that like many have said telling people you can’t give legal advice. I repeat that phrase a lot!” – N.L.
“The thing that I hate is the low pay that they offer in our profession (at least in the KC area).” – K.P.
“Not being considered a member of the team and not being kept in the loop.” – K.M.
“The thing I have always hated about being a paralegal is not being treated like a member of the team.” – G.L.
“I need to make it clear, that billing is the only thing I do not like and have never liked about being a Paralegal.” – I.C.
“Lack of upward career mobility.” – B.E.
“Being that this position is my first legal job, they send all of the incoming and out going mail to me. Its my least favorite part of the job, probably because its the menial.” – L.M.
“Stress. Long hours. Attorney BS and BS from attorneys.” – B.D.