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Overview

Designed for a short course on paralegal careers, this easy-to-use text introduces paralegal students to the paralegal profession. Written with the insight a former paralegal, "An Introduction to Paralegal Careers" focuses on what paralegal students are interested in learning about their chosen profession - from what they'll be doing to where to find the right paralegal position. Major topics include an introduction to the profession (past, present and future), types of employers, paralegal specialties (with emphasis on those specialties where significant growth is expected), paralegal education recommendations, salaries and benefits, paralegal associations, the pros and cons of paralegal regulation, important skills for paralegals, job search tips, and paralegal ethics.

Angela Schneeman,

Angela Schneeman is a writer, research specialist, and freelance paralegal. She has worked for law firms, corporate legal departments, and a major accounting firm. The author of five paralegal textbooks, Ms. Schneeman received her Legal Assistant Certificate and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Legal Studies from the University of Minnesota.
  • magazine-style features preceding each chapter tie the chapter subject to real-world topics of concern to paralegals
  • interviews with working paralegals provide an understanding of the paralegals job
  • frequent use of examples, tables, charts and tips make this a very readable text
  • Career Track section at the end of each chapter helps readers apply information to their personal situation
  • Online Companion to this text on WestLegalStudies.com provides updates to Internet references, legislative regulation of paralegals, new surveys and research
Chapter 1: The Paralegal Profession. Chapter 2: Paralegal Employers. Chapter 3: Paralegal Specialities. Chapter 4: Paralegal Salaries and Benefits. Chapter 5: Paralegal Associations. Chapter 6: Paralegal Regulation. Chapter 7: Skills and Personal Traits of Successful Paralegals. Chapter 8: Your Job Search. Appendix A: State Adopted Definitions of the Terms Paralegal and Legal Assistant. Appendix B: How to Choose a Paralegal Program. Appendix C: Directory of Paralegal Associations. Appendix D: NALA's Model Standards and Guidelines for Utilization of Legal Assistants. Appendix E: National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement. Appendix F: Sample Resumes. Appendix G: Sample Cover Letters. Glossary. Index.

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FOR INSTRUCTORS

Paralegal Careers

ISBN: 9780766809505
Designed for a short course on paralegal careers, this easy-to-use text introduces paralegal students to the paralegal profession. Written with the insight a former paralegal, "An Introduction to Paralegal Careers" focuses on what paralegal students are interested in learning about their chosen profession - from what they'll be doing to where to find the right paralegal position. Major topics include an introduction to the profession (past, present and future), types of employers, paralegal specialties (with emphasis on those specialties where significant growth is expected), paralegal education recommendations, salaries and benefits, paralegal associations, the pros and cons of paralegal regulation, important skills for paralegals, job search tips, and paralegal ethics.

FOR STUDENTS

Paralegal Careers

ISBN: 9780766809505
Written with the insight of a former paralegal, this easy-to-read book provides in-depth information on the paralegal profession. It includes types of employers, discussions of paralegal specialties where significant growth is expected, current salaries and benefits, and information on finding a paralegal position. Interviews with working paralegals, practical paralegal tips, and internet references and resources make this book an excellent reference.