Q: What is it like working as a Paralegal?
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.
"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.
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.
"It is not what I expected."
Pros: My boss.
Cons: The hours, the pay, the benefits. We do not have any paid time off or sick time.
Pros: - I learn a lot from my job. - I work on things that most of the people of my age from all over the world don't even know it exists. - I'm really good on what I do and many times I have even been better than my own boss.
Cons: - The office is too far away. - Takes away my time.
Go to law school instead.
Pros: I love to learn new things. Contracts and Indemnifications are very interesting to me. Litigation and motions are starting to come with ease of the job. I learn new things everyday in the field that I am in.
Cons: I am in a job that does not know the true value and need of a paralegal. I would like to expand my horizons and find a company that will let me learn how to advance my career as a paralegal while preparing for my tranisition into being an attorney once law school is complete.