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Overview

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.

Richard L. Hughes, Attorney at Law; Paralegal Instructor, Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA

Attorney at Law; Paralegal Instructor, Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA
  • Comments and advice from paralegals teach those new to the field how to handle situations they may face
  • Advice from a supervising attorney teaches students how to meet and exceed the firm�s expectations of them
  • Frequent discussions of ethical issues and accompanying discussion questions remind readers about the ethical implications of their conduct
  • End-of-Chapter exercises reinforce the application of the material to various situations paralegals will encounter
  • Internet-based exercises supplement the content in the text
  • Annotated cover letter and resume explain the strategy behind all components of these important elements for job searching
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 You’re 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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