If you think that you don't need to invest in training after you complete a paralegal certificate or degree think again. Anyone who believes that once they complete a certificate or degree they have all they need to be successful will be unpleasantly surprised to find that they are wrong. First of all if you work as a paralegal in California you are required to comply with Business and Professions Code 6450 which requires paralegals to take continuing legal education. Secondly this mindset hinders paralegals from expanding their horizons to other career options that are only available to those with education. This mediocre mindset takes away from the fundamental aspects of what it means to work in an industry that is governed by rules, regulations, and mandates. People change, rules change, and society changes. All these changes come with different ways in which things are done which require learning about these new ways.
The legal industry is constantly in flux with new innovations within and outside of the field. Technology has done away with the mundane tasks that used to be completed without the assistance of algorithms. These algorithms make complex functions like legal research and eDiscovery simpler and quicker to complete. Legal research used to be conducted by going to a law library and wading through countless books, leaflets, and guides to search on a topic, now it can be done quickly and painlessly.
New technologies have created eDiscovery professionals, laws that protect intellectual property rights, and virtual law offices just to name a few. Anyone who believes that they have learned enough never to have to set foot in a class again might want to change careers. A class does not have to be in a physical building nor does it require attending a formal lecture. A class can simply be reading a book or learning from a co-worker. A class is where learning takes place and all legal professionals must be continuous learners.
Paralegal Rainmakers Plus Plan
Become a Paralegal Rainmaker member and join a growing community of paralegals across the globe. When you sign up you can access career resources including complimentary registration to The Paralegal MasterClass, which includes sessions from paralegals and other legal professionals across the globe, newsletters, an on-line social forum to discuss topics of interests specific to the nuances of working as a paralegal. Learn more
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*Law Office Simulations included in the Paralegal Crash Courses must be purchased separately.
Are you a Paralegal in California?
Every two years, commencing January 1, 2007, any person that is working as a paralegal shall be required to certify completion of four hours of mandatory continuing legal education in legal ethics and four hours of mandatory continuing legal education in either general law or in an area of specialized law. When you sign up for a membership plan you can earn up to 30 pre-approved CLE credits every year. Learn More
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Paralegal professionals as well as aspiring paralegals can learn about emerging trends within the paralegal profession in addition to staying abreast of technology usage in the legal industry by signing up for a Paralegal Connection subscription plan.
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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 live sessions. When you register for this series the live session and recording is included:
Part I: 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 II: 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
Part III: Legal Communication Crash Course
A focus on persuasive writing, interviewing, and investigations will be covered in this informative course for paralegals. Learn More
Want to specialize in a practice area? Register for a practice area specific Triple Threat Paralegal series.