Paralegal Power Breaks are short information packed sessions that provide useful career information to paralegals at all career levels. This is the 3rd session in the Time Management series.
There is a direct correlation between how well your time is spent and what you earn. Paralegals are in the same position as attorneys. Their time is billed back to clients. Even if you never take a business course in your career it is imperative to understand how your time is, or when it is wasted is not billed back to clients, how this impacts a legal organization's profits, and your overall compensation. Although you may not earn a bonus based on your organization's annual profits your ability to earn any salary is dependent on the organization staying in business. If an organization is not able to sale its product or service it will eventually go out of business and therefore the salary that is earned from that organization will cease to exist.
Legal professionals that bill for their time, which includes paralegals are in essence selling their time. If time is wasted an organization is not selling its service. As the saying goes "Time is Money".
Discover how saving time can impact how much you earn.
Access the audio from the live session and discover how not to fall into the trap of biting off more than you can chew.
Paralegal Power Breaks are short information packed sessions that provide useful career information to paralegals at all career levels. This session is part of the Time Management series and will discuss effective methods for knowing how to work efficiently without wasting time. Time is a critical aspect of a paralegal’s job and to work more effectively it is important to understand the ramifications of not handling time appropriately.
When there are a lot of tasks to work on the tendency is to start working on them without putting any thought into how realistic it is to complete the various tasks that are being worked on. That is why it is equally as important to not take on more than you can realistically do as it is to manage the time that you have.
Anyone that is familiar with running understands that the approach that is used to run a marathon is not the same approach that should be used to run a sprint. A marathon is a longer distance which requires pacing oneself in order to endure to the end. Whereas a sprint requires short bursts of energy to get to the finish line first. The same is true when working on different tasks. There are different methods that should be used to manage the time that is required to complete them. If this is not taken into consideration you may fail to reach the goals that you set for yourself and that others set for you.
Paralegal Power Breaks are short information packed sessions that provide useful career information to paralegals at all career levels. During the first session being offered in 2017 ways in which more can be done with less time will be discussed. There is often the mistaken belief that if there were more hours in the day more can be done, but soon realize the lack of time is not the real issue, but a lack of time management.
Plan for this session by taking inventory of What you are currently spending time doing. If ever you do any personal financial management you will often be asked to first start by determining what money is being spent on. This is a very powerful excercise which will provide insights into money wasters like the cupcake that you have to have every day right after work to give you that energy surge to take your children to their after school activities and satisfy that sweet tooth. Delving more into this you realize that throughout the week you are not only spending unnecessay money, and adding unnecessary sugar to your diet, but also adding unwanted calories.
Further review of How money is being spent may also reveal Why it is being spent. The Why can uncover emotional spending habits, egotistical spending, as well as other ways in which money can be put to better use.
The same inquiry into How time is being spent will provide insight into the ways in which time can be put to better use in order to reach career goals.
The IRAC method is a simple and straightforward method for effective legal writing. Even when using this method a great deal of analytical and reasoning skills most be employed in order to write effectively. In addition to using the IRAC formula which includes stating the issue, analyzing the issue, and summarizing the issue use these easy tips to write an effective and thorough legal research memo.
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
Want to specialize in a practice area? Register for a practice area specific Triple Threat Paralegal series.
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
Installment Plans Available
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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
Want to access more on-demand courses? Register for the Annual On-demand Paralegal Course Subscription Plan.