Paralegal Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Paralegal in Cincinnati:
"Be Adaptable."
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 Des Moines:
"Check in."
Pros: Staff and environment.
Cons: Pay.

Paralegal in White Plains:
Pros: The law.
Cons: It's a difficult job. Takes lots of organization.

Paralegal in Harleysville:
"Office conditions, stress level."
Pros: Office conditions and management.
Cons: Small company.

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.

Paralegal in Denver:
"Ups And Downs."
Pros: Learning something new about HOA Law as well as bankruptcy and foreclosure. I enjoy the people I work with because we work as a team to make sure we succeed.
Cons: Because we deal in collections, there are time when the stress of explaining to people, whether they are the homeowners or the management companies, can be stressful.