It is easy to begin and finish something when you know when the end will come, but the difficulty comes into play when there is no set limit to how long something will take or when you will actually get to the finishing point. That is often what happens when you are conducting legal research. Searching for a simple case or law does not require a lot of time, but if you happen to be researching on a topic that is unfamiliar to you or a complicated topic locating the necessary information can present a challenge to even the most experienced researcher.
There are no set in stone rules on how to research effectively. The best researcher is experienced at combining the correct words to locate on point cases, but when there is little to no case law, rules, or statutes on a topic the best laid out research plan and word combinations can become useless. In order to locate pertinent information for a case it can be difficult to determine where to start which can not only prolong a research project it can cause the most savvy researcher to lose focus.
Can you use some pointers on how to always find what you're looking for? Simply focusing on the end result will not only help with procrastination it will also minimize the time that it takes to figure out what it is your looking for.
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Have you ever considered where you will be in 1 month, 1 year, or 5 years? What you do today has a direct impact on where you will be tomorrow. Have you considered being an entrepreneur and put it off or determined that you don't have what is necessary to strike out on your own? Starting your own business in the legal industry is not as difficult as you think it may be. With Legal Shield you can become your own boss or simply supplement your income by offering what majority of Americans go without. Legal protection.
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Have you ever decided that you were going to make a change in an area of your life and not know exactly where to start? Goals are not easy to accomplish and are even more difficult to maintain. Being successful requires constant improvement and refining, but where do you begin. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary unleash means "to throw, shoot, or set in motion forcefully". This definition alone describes a sort of aggressive approach and not a lax attitude which is often the result of many failed careers. Stagnation is the lack of progress and the lack of progress will only work to keep you in the same position year after year.
There is no better way to understand this approach than to consider throwing something that a dog really wants out of the dog's immediate reach. The dog will attempt to get to the bone, frisbie, or whatever is being offered, but once it gets to the end of its leash it will be yanked back into position, and possibly even suffer some form of discomfort from the yanking of its chain as it attempts to reach its goal. So to will you continue to experience discomfort similar to a dog on a leash who is attempting to reach something that it really wants until you are unleashed.
So how do you do unleash your career potential? Unlike the dog you do not need someone to do this for you. You can and must do this for yourself. First you must understand that maintaining the status quo is similar to being on a leash. You may be making all kinds of noise like a barking dog, and making some movement, but in essence you are not going anywhere. After you realize that your stagnation translates into mediocrity and is never going to allow you to reach your true potential it is time to begin the real work.
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Have you ever attempted to accomplish a particular goal to discover that no matter how much or how long you worked you never quite seemed to reach the mark? At times you may have determined that all the effort was not worth it and considered giving it, but your desire to see the goal to completion never allowed you to give up completely. No matter where you are in life or how far you have gone in your career at some point you will reach this point.
The thought of quitting may provide some temporary satisfaction, but that nagging feeling in the back of your mind will nudge you to keep going further. This nagging feeling unfortunately does not provide you with the solution to how to reach the goal so you assume that doing more of the same thing is the solution to the predicament.
It is not how much of something that you do that determines whether or not you will reach a goal but taking the right approach. Consider when a person wants to become a neurosurgeon and he or she may need to complete a residency in order to become a licensed doctor. The fact that this individual goes to medical school and works day in and day out dissecting frogs does not mean that they will become a neurosurgeon. Matter of fact if this individual continues to spend all his or her time dissecting frogs they will never accomplish their ultimate goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.
There is an approach that will work for accomplishing every goal. The right approach may not be as simple to discover as the example provided, but even if the approach must be created there is an approach that will work. When you have been doing the same thing over and over again and are not seeing the desired result consider whether you need to apply a different approach to what you are doing.
Have you ever read a case and had a very strong opinion about it. Well during this case review session you can do just that and not have to worry about the unauthorized practice of law.
During this session we will be reviewing and discussing the following article which discusses how a Judge in child porn case tosses pictures found after Geek Squad contacted FBI. To prepare for this session and to be prepared to discuss the case read the following case summary:
A federal judge in California has tossed pictures collected in a search of a physician’s home that was conducted after Best Buy’s Geek Squad discovered an image of a nude child on the doctor’s computer.
The lawyer for gynecologic oncologist Mark Rettenmaier had maintained his client’s Fourth Amendment rights were violated by the Geek Squad computer search, and any evidence found as a result of the search for child pornography should be suppressed. Read the full article.
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Triple Threat Paralegal
In any field a person is said to be a triple threat when they are adept at three different skills in the same field. In the entertainment industry a triple threat would be someone who can sing, dance, and act. In football it would be an athlete who is good at passing, running, and kicking.
The skills necessary to thrive and become a triple threat paralegal requires excellent communication skills, technological savviness, and critical thinking skills. The paralegal role is fundamentally a business role. When the role was developed in the 1960's by a collaboration of the American Bar Association and other bar associations it was developed to ensure that underrepresented segments of society would be able to afford an attorney and gain access to justice. It was not created to lower the bar for entry into the legal field.
This three part series includes the following sessions offered over 3 weeks. When you register for this series the live session and recording is included:
Part I: Legal Communication Crash Course
A focus on persuasive writing, interviewing, and investigations will be covered in this informative course for paralegals. Learn More
Part II: Technology & eDiscovery Crash Course
This course will cover the fundamentals of e-discovery and the tools of technology that are frequently used in the processing of a civil case from inception to trial. Learn More
Part III: Legal Research Crash Course
The purpose of this live on-line session is to transform legal research from being performed as a creative artistic expression into a scientific method that can be consistently applied and measured for maximum paralegal efficiency. This course offers a certificate when all tasks within the simulated law office are successfully completed. Learn More
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Upcoming Session Dates
Date: Thurs, January 4, 2017 to Sat, January 6, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm PST
Intermediate Paralegal Program: Legal Case Management
Earn the Paralegal Green Belt Certificate
This training program focuses on the various aspects of effective legal case management including law office systems, calendaring and docketing, file and records management, and document preparation. In addition to the live course lessons registration includes access to an experiential law office simulation that provides a realistic environment for practicing and reinforcing lessons on the use of law office technology, effective time management, and the role of the paralegal in the delivery of legal services.
Effective case management skills are required to be successful in the legal industry due to the massive amounts of information that is involved in a legal matter. In this on-line program the Six Sigma methodology and how to apply it to the legal case management process will be covered. Six Sigma is not a new methodology it has been used for decades. Learning about Six Sigma and how to apply it within a legal organization will result in higher earning power and more job opportunities.
Registration includes access to a combination of live lectures, on-demand video presentations, an on-line textbook, and a simulated law office to assist with reinforcing program concepts.
The following topics will be covered:
Paralegal Yellow Belt Certificate
On-line, Live & Self-paced
All registrants who complete the entire program and the tasks in the simulated law office will receive the Paralegal Green Belt certificate. Click here to learn more about Six Sigma certificates.
Expert Paralegal Certification
Take your paralegal career to a whole new level with the Expert Paralegal certification. The certificates that you will earn after successfully completing each program is not the same as the certification. The certification is earned by individuals that want to set themselves apart in their careers by earning a one of a kind certification by earning college level business credits.
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel before the 2nd live session no further payment is required and you keep access to the Introduction to Six Sigma for Paralegals and the Introduction to Six Sigma Legal Case Management on-demand courses.
Program Price: $699
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Fundamentals of Legal Research
Get immediate access to this two part 60 minute on-demand audio presentation.
Discover how to improve your legal research skills and earn a one of a kind Legal Research certificate in the Legal Research Crash Course. Learn more
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