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Looking for recommendations and advice

KaeliMHKaeliMH 0 replies1 threads New Member
Hello all,

I'm currently a veterinary receptionist with about a year of prerequisites finished. I'm hoping to go back to school (start with community college and then transfer when needed) and I'm having a hard time deciding what I should study. End goal is to become a Paralegal. I know in Washington State you don't need a 4 year degree to become a Paralegal but that is the route I'd like to take. I'm extremely passionate about ocean conservation and my dream is to work for a firm or company that helps to protect the ocean and marine life. I'm wondering what route I should take to get there. I have a few ideas... First would be to study marine biology in undergraduate school and then become a Paralegal. The second idea is to study environmental science in undergraduate school and then become a Paralegal. And my final thought is to study whatever in undergraduate school and then try to build up experience with volunteering and such in the marine field. Is there anyone in this field or position that could give me advice? Or just know a lot about college and such? Is there an advisor or life coach or someone that could assist me in choosing the correct path, without deciding on a particular school?
I greatly appreciate the help in advance!

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  • PublisherPublisher 10422 replies130 threads Senior Member
    Seems like you understand your interests & your career goals. If your planned options are affordable, then you appear to be set on a path.

    Check out the University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education website for paralegal courses / degrees and requirements.

    Also, while paralegals can make in excess of $100,000 per year, it seems to be primarily litigation paralegals who work a lot of overtime who exceed $100,000 per year.

    Consider pursuing a paralegal degree or certificate first so that you have the option of working while studying Environmental Science part time if finances are a concern.
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