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DOJ/USAA office paralegal job v state agency paralegal job

sorry, typo, I meant USAO (US atty's office) which is bet wolfman02/08/18
When you say same money, does that include the pension? My s thirdtierlaw02/08/18
"For the people in the know, would you get fed employee hiri wolfman02/09/18
A paralegal at a USAO gets to carry bags for more important newyorkcity02/08/18
For the same money, state jobs tend to have much better bene downwardslope02/09/18
Yeah, state bennies are likely better and the adult treatmen wolfman02/09/18
Federal makes a lot more than a state paralegal in my state. fettywap02/09/18
wolfman (Feb 8, 2018 - 7:51 pm)

sorry, typo, I meant USAO (US atty's office)

which is better for a JD? assume same $ and COL

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thirdtierlaw (Feb 8, 2018 - 10:05 pm)

When you say same money, does that include the pension? My state government system gives you number of years x .017, vs the Feds which is years x .01 or .011 if you make it to either 63 or 65, I can't remember which.

For the people in the know, would you get fed employee hiring preference if you wanted to apply to a fed attorney job down the road? That may be the only advantage I could see.

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wolfman (Feb 9, 2018 - 10:29 am)

"For the people in the know, would you get fed employee hiring preference if you wanted to apply to a fed attorney job down the road? That may be the only advantage I could see."

That is my ultimate question, I suppose... I am also interested in fed non-atty jobs, and a lot are open only to fed employees.

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newyorkcity (Feb 8, 2018 - 11:22 pm)

A paralegal at a USAO gets to carry bags for more important people than a paralegal at a state agency. So I suppose a fed paralegal gets to lick fancier boots.

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downwardslope (Feb 9, 2018 - 12:07 am)

For the same money, state jobs tend to have much better benefits and pension options. At my last job, insurance was cheaper (both in premiums and copays), the pension had more value, and most importantly, they tended to treat people more like adults. It is usually much more laid back in a state office than it is in a fed office.

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wolfman (Feb 9, 2018 - 10:30 am)

Yeah, state bennies are likely better and the adult treatment is right: at my agency, I function essentially as an unlicensed atty who drafts pleadings and things, but doesn't sign them or appear in court... that may not be the case with the feds.

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fettywap (Feb 9, 2018 - 10:33 am)

Federal makes a lot more than a state paralegal in my state. Plus, my state has constant budget problems and is always looking to cut jobs.

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