Law Firms Anyone?
Question ~ Thinking about moving to the Islands in April. I am currently a paralegal and would like to continue working in the legal field. I am torn between living on St. Thomas or St. Croix. Does one of them offer more opportunities in the legal field than the other? Also, does anyone know about the legal market down there? Are there often opportunites for paralegals/legal assistants? I realize I may take a pay cut, but its well worth it to live there. Thanks!
STT definitely has more firms and lawyers than STX. All firms down here are small in size when comparing to the mainland, no mammoth 500+ person law firms down here, heck, not even 50+ ones. Given the size of the firms, paralegal jobs are hard to come by; but a qualified candidate will always receive a second look from firms. You may not necessarily take a "pay cut" down here as to salary, but your expenses probably will increase dramatically, so at the end of the end you do take a "pay cut".
And, next to Washington, DC, We have the most lawyers per capita! You should find a law firm, there are plenty.
Hi kmcconathy -
I meant to respond to your last message but soon forgot! Thanks for the info. about your present tax law job. Not dealing with the courts is a definite plus! 🙂
I hope to hear more concerning your moving plans. I've also been a paralegal/legal assistant/whatever you want to call me for the last 10 years in the field of Intellectual Property and am moving to STX in January. Hope to hear which island you land on and how the job market is for you.
Best of luck!
If STT has MORE lawyers than STX I don't know where you St Thomians put them all!! And Ronnie's right, I've never seen a place (the VI) with more lawyers per capita outside DC.
We hide them in secret portals until you slip and fall at K-mart, then...
Also, kmcconathy, you can request a copy of the VI Bar Directory from the VI Bar Association, which lists all the VI attorneys and their firms.