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Surviving and Thriving in the Law Office: What Every Paralegal Should Know (West Legal Studies)by Richard L. Hughes
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This text is unique in that it is written from the perspective of a supervising attorney who now is a paralegal educator. It is a career guide for paralegal students and new paralegals that provides insight into what law firms really want from their paralegal staff. Real-life law office situations are described and analyzed to give students the help they need to overcome the most common obstacles. Students not only learn from the author, they also get practical, first-hand advice from paralegals themselves. The material fully addresses such issues as finding the right paralegal job, producing high-quality work, managing time wisely, understanding billable hours, dealing with office politics, asking for a raise, and advancing in a paralegal career. Effective teaching and retention tools are used throughout the text, and students are advised where to find additional information on the Internet and in print material.
The author of this guide on paralegal career success brings to it a unique perspective as a former supervising attorney who now is a paralegal educator. This publication gives paralegals and those studying the profession an inside look at what law offices look for in their paralegal staff. Readers not only learn from the attorney/author, they also get first-hand advice from paralegals through the Paralegal Perspective feature. Readers will learn the answers to such questions as How do I know if the job is right for me? How important is salary? Once on the job, how do I make a positive impression? How can I produce high-quality work? and How can I advance professionally? A sample paralegal resume and cover letter with comments about their development round out this highly useful resource.
This career guide gives current and future paralegals the inside scoop on how to select the right job for them and how to thrive in their work setting. A well-respected supervising attorney who now is a paralegal educator lets paralegals know what law firms look for in their paralegal staff in terms of time and work management, quality assurance, interaction with various segments of the office and much, much more. The Paralegal Perspective feature gives the reader first-hand advice on how to handle situations they encounter on the job. Further, this publication fully addresses such important issues as finding the right paralegal job, producing high-quality work, understanding billable hours, dealing with office politics, asking for a raise and advancing in a paralegal career. End-of-chapter questions, Internet-based questions and ethical discussion questions make this an enjoyable and educational read.
About the Author
Attorney at Law; Paralegal Instructor, Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA
Table of Contents
Section 1: Setting Goals: What Should You Expect From a Paralegal Career? Chapter 1: Why Have Goals? Chapter 2: What Should Your Goals Be? Chapter 3: Who Can Help You Achieve Your Goals? Chapter 4: What is Possible in the Paralegal Profession? Section Two: Beyond Survival: How to Thrive as a Paralegal. Chapter 5: Getting Off to a Good Start. Chapter 6: What is Important to a Law Firm? Chapter 7: Handling the Dreaded Billable Hour. Chapter 8: How to Manage Your Workload. Chapter 9: What Kinds of Assignments Can You Expect? Chapter 10: Where to Go for Help. Chapter 11: Communication: Co-workers, Clients, the Court, and Other Firms. Chapter 12: Office Politics: Danger Lurking Around Every Corner. Chapter 13: How to Know What Youre Worth. Chapter 14: The Importance of Growing Professionally. Section Three: Taking Stock of Your Paralegal Career. Chapter 15: Achieving Professional and Personal Balance. Chapter 16: Staying Motivated: Keeping Your Career Interesting. Chapter 17: Mission Accomplished: Now What? Appendices: NFPA Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Sample Paralegal Resume with Comments. Sample Paralegal Cover Letter with Comments. Sample Thank You Letter with Comments. Alternative and Non-traditional Career Resources.
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