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.
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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