Paralegal Advice

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

Paralegal in St. Louis:
"In the Legal Field to see if I wanted to attend Law School."
I think the job requires thick skin. Attorneys are typically not happy people. HIGH PRESSURE. Yelling and cussing is common place in all the 5 law firms I have worked for. I think the job is good, but at some firms they do not give you any raises even after a year or 3 years so it depends on how cheap your boss is.

Paralegal in Atlanta:
"They do not give pay increase and pay very little."
Do not bother going to Paralegal School.

Paralegal in Albany:
"Get things in writing."
You must be very organized and a self motivator. Everything that is offered to you with regard to promotions and or raises, GET IT IN WRITING! !!

Paralegal in Chicago:
"Keep good track of your hours."
In an insurance defense firm you need to track your time, you must keep a good log at all times.

Paralegal in Springfield:
Go to law school instead.

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.