ABOUT THE WEBSITE
This website is dedicated to providing assistance to anyone needing to know key skills and information about the career of paralegal that can take many years to learn via on-the-job-training. Given the volatility and competitiveness of the job market these days, you need to have an edge, and not just to GET that coveted job, but to KEEP IT. You really cannot afford to make big mistakes, and this website is the product this author’s heartfelt efforts to share information that was learned with almost 20 years of baptism by fire in this career. The sole purpose is to warn others of the potential pitfalls in the day to day activities that can occur due to simple lack of experience.
Lesson No. 1: LEARN FROM SOMEONE ELSE’S MISTAKES, NOT YOUR OWN!
While a college education in the area of paralegal is important, it is a building block to what a paralegal becomes. College paralegal courses do not teach themechanics of being a paralegal, i.e., what a paralegal actually does on a day-to-day basis. They are geared toward teaching the law and exposing students to the legal foundations and thought processes behind how the legal profession works. That is critical information, but it’s not enough to make you a good paralegal.
The most important things you can do for an attorney to make your performance stand out is to know how to handle the mechanical aspects of the tasks you are asked to complete, be able to quickly learn new skills, be self-motivating, and be counted on to head off problems or intercept mistakes before they leave the office.