What Clients Look for in a
Writing and Research Skills
Law firms expect the best. Work at improving your spelling,
grammar and writing skills. If you need help, get it. Take a
writing class at a local college, search the Internet for
writing tutorials. Learn to proofread everything,
Interest, Enthusiasm, Confidence, Dedication
employers search for high-energy paralegals who are
professional, upbeat, flexible and
capable of asking for projects.
Perfect yours. You must have a clear understanding of what needs to be
done, why you are doing it and when it is due. No excuses.
Control your workload.
Stay organized, learn to prioritize and be aware of time constraints.
Don't take on so many projects that you miss deadlines.
Learn how to
use the Internet and advanced features on software programs.
Most frequently used programs are Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
WordPerfect, Concordance, Summation, Carpe Diem, Westlaw, LexisNexis, PACER.
If you need help, visit our
and Resource Center.
Most large business, corporate
or patent law firms require a
bachelor's degree and a paralegal certificate from an
People-related law firms such as personal injury,
insurance defense, workers'
compensation, immigration, family law and probate firms place more value on
your talent and less on the degree.
you have a paralegal certificate, some firms will waive their
bachelor's degree requirement in recognition of your years of
experience as a legal secretary.
you have a bachelor's degree but lack the certificate, you can
work for one year, under the supervision of a qualifying
attorney, and meet California's paralegal requirements.
Check it out.
If you don't
have a certificate or a bachelor's degree think
about going to paralegal school. Chances are good
that you will excel in the classes, sharpen your skills,
increase your knowledge, and most importantly, enhance
your value to your legal employer.
- Your value is based on
you can do
well you do it
long it takes you
What it costs the client
What it costs the firm
Paralegals stay approximately 5-8 years on the
same job. The highest salaries go to paralegals with advanced degrees
or those who have a CLA or CLAS credential. They also have the highest
need to bill three times the amount of their salary for
a firm to be profitable: one-third salary,
one-third overhead and one-third firm profit. Use the
Paralegal Billing Rate Calculator below to find your optimum
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