The Northeast States, Colonial Seed of the United States
The US Census Bureau has divided the United States into four major regions, designating nine states as the Northeast Region (shown in red to the right), in the following two divisions:
- The Mid Atlantic states: New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
- The New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island.
The links for each of the states above discuss various paralegal schools and training programs which have been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), and other paralegal training programs which have been accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Each of the states' pages also discusses some of the bar associations within the state, as well as various local paralegal associations. If the research work for the state is not yet completed, the link will open to a Wikipedia page about the state.
Make sure you take advantage of any networking opportunities which may be available to you, as your education is only the means to the end you desire – the optimal job offer. If you have not done anything to set your resume apart from all the other resumes flooding prospective employers, you're chances of being noticed and hired will be significantly reduced. In this new economy, simply responding to help wanted ads with a resume addressed “To Whom It May Concern” isn't going to get the job done.
If you should decide to live and work in one of the states that make up the Northeast region, you will be able to take in the heritage which saturates the cities and towns in the area, which are among the oldest in the country. Interestingly, it is this region that provided the foundation for the government and present day legal system of the United States, which itself has provided a fair amount of influence in the formation of governments across the globe. The heritage of these states has been further influenced by cultural influences brought by the flood of immigrants which entered the United States at Ellis Island.
Economic forces led to the growth of the country's largest city (New York City), after the completion of the Erie Canal made New York the nation's largest port, surpassing the tonnage processed in Boston, Baltimore and New Orleans combined. At the same time, cultural and political forces led to the establishment of the country's smallest state (Rhode Island), also part of the Northeast Region.
From Maine's lobster industry to Pennsylvania's gritty mining operations, the region offers a wide variety of employment opportunities for the paralegal student and legal assistant, and equally diverse choices for entertainment and domicile.