These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Paralegals

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 11 months ago
Copied!

It’s tough to be a paralegal nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a paralegal isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become paralegals in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many paralegals no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former paralegals to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former paralegals:

  1. Legal Assistant
  2. Litigation Paralegal
  3. Administrative Assistant
  4. Attorney
  5. Office Manager
  6. Senior Paralegal
  7. Law Clerk
  8. Legal Secretary
  9. Associate
  10. Internship

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a paralegal would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former paralegals to do.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former paralegals:

  1. Legal Assistant
  2. Administrative Assistant
  3. Office Manager
  4. Law Clerk
  5. Legal Secretary
  6. Associate
  7. Internship
  8. Customer Service Representative
  9. Manager
  10. Sales Associate

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Paralegals

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed paralegal under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a paralegal, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former paralegals.

Featured Image Source: Tayloright

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Paralegals

Job Title Rank %
Legal Assistant 1 5.0%
Litigation Paralegal 2 2.39%
Administrative Assistant 3 2.31%
Attorney 4 1.64%
Office Manager 5 1.62%
Senior Paralegal 6 1.6%
Law Clerk 7 1.09%
Legal Secretary 8 1.08%
Associate 9 0.99%
Internship 10 0.87%
Customer Service Representative 11 0.86%
Contractor-Paralegal 12 0.86%
Paralegal/Office Manager 13 0.81%
Manager 14 0.77%
Sales Associate 15 0.76%
Executive Assistant 16 0.74%
Associate Attorney 17 0.7%
Case Manager 18 0.63%
Volunteer 19 0.6%
Substitute Teacher 20 0.59%
Contracts Administrator 21 0.51%
Owner 22 0.5%
Corporate Paralegal 23 0.49%
Consultant 24 0.49%
Legal Extern 25 0.48%
Human Resources Coordinator 26 0.42%
Teacher 27 0.42%
Project Manager 28 0.41%
Contract Attorney 29 0.39%
Legal Secretary/Paralegal 30 0.38%
Real Estate Paralegal 31 0.38%
Operations Manager 32 0.35%
Team Leader 33 0.35%
Coordinator 34 0.35%
Office Assistant 35 0.34%
Office Administrator 36 0.32%
Registered Nurse 37 0.32%
Assistant 38 0.32%
Receptionist 39 0.3%
Administrator 40 0.3%
Research Assistant 41 0.29%
Bankruptcy Paralegal 42 0.29%
Server 43 0.28%
Supervisor 44 0.27%
Specialist 45 0.27%
Clerk 46 0.27%
Analyst 47 0.26%
Cashier 48 0.26%
Contracts Specialist 49 0.26%
Paralegal Specialist 50 0.26%
Assistant Manager 51 0.26%
Vice President 52 0.25%
Compliance Specialist 53 0.24%
Account Executive 54 0.24%
Writer And Editor 55 0.23%
Program Manager 56 0.23%
Contracts Manager 57 0.23%
Investigator 58 0.23%
Store Manager 59 0.23%
Account Manager 60 0.22%
Executive Legal Assistant 61 0.22%
Sales Representative 62 0.21%
Document Reviewer 63 0.21%
General Counsel 64 0.21%
Legal Analyst 65 0.21%
Compliance Analyst 66 0.21%
Project Coordinator 67 0.2%
Property Manager 68 0.2%
Secretary 69 0.2%
Owner/Operator 70 0.19%
Executive Administrative Assistant 71 0.18%
Researcher 72 0.17%
Compliance Manager 73 0.17%
Real Estate Agent 74 0.17%
Human Resources Manager 75 0.17%
Administrative Specialist 76 0.17%
Legal Specialist 77 0.17%
Director 78 0.17%
Paralegal Internship 79 0.16%
Assistant Office Manager 80 0.16%
Chief Executive Officer 81 0.15%
Security Officer 82 0.15%
Realtor 83 0.15%
Principal 84 0.15%
Litigation Support Specialist 85 0.15%
Student Attorney 86 0.15%
Assistant Paralegal 87 0.15%
Program Coordinator 88 0.14%
Court Clerk 89 0.14%
Billing Specialist 90 0.14%
Personal Assistant 91 0.14%
Executive Director 92 0.14%
Agent 93 0.14%
Support Specialist 94 0.14%
Immigration Paralegal 95 0.14%
Medical Assistant 96 0.14%
Partner 97 0.14%
Title Examiner 98 0.13%
Business Analyst 99 0.13%
Representative 100 0.13%