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Hi Michael! I'm Stacy and I'd be happy to assist you this evening. First I want to say I think it's wonderful that you and your wife are still serving your community even after a well deserved retirement. I served as a GAL during law school and it was a very humbling experience for me. Second, law offices absolutely take volunteers, although in your case, you'd be considered an intern. Does your school's career services office have a listing available? If not, I'd recommend typing up a nice letter of introduction explaining who you are, why you've decided to return to study paralegal studies and that you'd love to gain some hands on experience in a law office before trying to find employment.
Do you know anyone who works for the court system or have any lawyer friends? I had a couple of friends who just finished their paralegal degrees this past year. I work for a judge as a law clerk and they reached out to me to ask about opportunities. I made a quick post on facebook about having friends who were looking to intern at law offices and had several of my attorney friends absolutely JUMP at the opportunity. Small practices and solo practioners are your best bet. They already have a small staff and usually are operating on a much tighter budge and would love to get capable, qualified and experienced people who could lend a hand. This could allow them to take on more cases by freeing up their time conducting research or preparing run of the mill motions. I honestly think you would make somoeone's day if you offered your services.
Congratulations on your return to school. It's never too late. I graduated law school with a lady who was 62. She is an amazing woman who has gone on to do even greater things than before.
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