What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Paralegal in Arlington:
Hit the ground running, but don't rush through document preparation. If you don't know the answer, ask. Understand that little mistakes can become catastrophic; which is why you must always review your work before presenting it to your boss. It is your job to make your Attorney look good. Never, ever, ever chance making your Attorney look bad in court because of a mistake you made. Always calendar EVERYTHING! Don't miss a setting notice and keep up with which cases are flagged for trial. Lastly, don't get sideways with a client; that's your Attorneys job, if need be.
Paralegal in Tulsa:
"Dealing With Attorneys."
Every attorney has their own way they like doing things. Part of your job is to deliver what the attorney wants while realizing there may be other ways to do it. You should speak up when you see legal or strategic advantages in doing things differently.
Paralegal in Cincinnati:
Seek out responsibility and new learning opportunities. Be aware of personality differences in your attorneys and learn how each wants things done. Be kind always, but firm. It is important that clients like you but equally important you don't allow them to monopolize your time.
Paralegal in Tampa:
"Pick A Field/Degree With A Specialty."
That's where the money is at and it is not as competitive. For instance, dental hygiene or engineering.
Paralegal in Bellingham:
"Path To Tribal Law."
Working for an Indian Tribe as a paralegal is a very rewarding experience. I do mostly long term civil litigation cases, but do handle other smaller issues such as real estate transactions, water law cases and HR issues. I came into this position having a broad background in family, corporate, governmental, bankruptcy and estate planning. When working for a Tribe, you find yourself relearning alot of what you know. Tribes are sovereign governments, not controlled by state law. A good foundation in federal law is helpful, but you must learn the Tribe Codes and traditions as well.
Becoming a Tribal Spokesperson usually requires studying for and taking a Tribal Bar Exam (depending on the Tribe). I am a member of both the Nooksack and Lummi Tribal Bars. As a Spokesperson, I am able to represent the Tribe or Tribal Members in Tribal Court. My practice in Tribal Court has spanned Domestic Violence and Family Law to representing Tribal Departments such as Housing in Tribal Court.