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Can a convicted felon become a paralegal?

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A convicted felon can become a paralegal. There is not a law that prevents a person from becoming a paralegal, but some states have laws that restrict convicted felons from taking the bar exam to become a lawyer.

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Being a convicted felon may restrict the number of employers that are willing to hire someone as a paralegal with their firm, but some may see it as an advantage because the applicant knows what life behind bars is like. The type of crime the felon committed may also play a role in whether or not a law firm is willing to hire him on as a paralegal.

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