The idea job for me would be to have to read something or talk to somebody, and then write about it. That’s it.
I chose paralegal because I figured that’s what it would be – either I interview somebody directly, or I’m told to do research to find cases relevant to a given fact scenario, and then write the appropriate response, be it a letter or report or legal document, like a complaint or a memo. That was what I wanted to do.
The problem is, the terms “paralegal” or “legal assistant” refers to just about any legal task. Paralegals sometimes assemble exhibits and track them for a given litigation. Sometimes they find a way to display them nicely. Sometimes they do what I just did for my most recent temporary assignment – they photograph thousands of documents for a class action lawsuit. To me, these latter tasks are boring, and not what I wanted to do. They either don’t require brainpower, or require detail orientation, or they require visual creativity that I don’t have. I don’t want any of that. I want to read or listen, speak, and write. And I can’t seem to be able to do that for a living. If I reviewed movies or TV shows or radio shows or politics or the like and got paid for it, I’d be in heaven. If I had to read and summarize things or question people and then write about it, I’d be in heaven. But I just can’t seem to find or get those jobs.
And I don’t know what to do.