Unless a paralegal has goals to become an attorney working in the paralegal profession can seem to be limited and result in paralegals becoming lax in their career aspirations and development. Because over half of all paralegals work in law firms it is important to understand how to advance. Unlike attorneys who advance in their careers by becoming partners and obtaining other coveted positions in a firm there are no such options for paralegals within a firm. In order, for a paralegal to advance in their careers it usually is the result of obtaining training and credentials that are obtained outside of the firm. Although, these are definitely worth while endeavors to pursue they are not easily attainable. The dilemma of paralegals still being considered senior level secretaries or disbarred attorneys can make advancement even more problematic. So what is the solution to this dilemma?
Following are tried and true methods to paralegal career advancement:
To advance in the legal industry as a paralegal it may be a little more difficult than advancing as an attorney because of the box that paralegals are placed in, but with a little ingenuity and a lot of hard work it is possible to go beyond the limitations of the secretary and disbarred attorney stigma.
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Llynette Bealer has 20 years experience including working as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper for Junior Achievement of San Diego and various Business Improvement Districts in San Diego, CA. She has worked in mortgage bankruptcy for Chase Home Finance and various law firms.