Friday, August 15, 2008

My first paycheck as a legal assistant

It's been a while since I posted an article in this blog. I've been busy with a number of projects lately, but was quite pleasantly surprised that the stats of the blog has increased even in my absence. This is probably due to the approaching September Bar exam. I'll try as much as I can to update this blog especially for the "baristas" to whom this blog was made in the first place.

Last week I received my first paycheck from the law office where I am working as legal assistant. I do mainly legal research there and draft motions and pleadings in the cases that my busy lawyer boss is handling. The terms are very good. I get paid for every page of document I draft, and by industry standards I was told, my per page fee is considered relatively handsome. In fact, modesty aside, I didn't quite believe that I really would be paid that much until I received my first paycheck. I put in many hours drafting a single motion but never really felt burdened. And every case I'm assigned to research and draft motions on is a learning experience.

We were taught in law school that money should not be the main driver of the legal profession. Lawyering is a vocation, not a trade. But it does really feel great to get handsomely paid to do a job you love to do.


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