There is no question that the job market for paralegals is very competitive and there are no signs to indicate that this competition will slow down. Some paralegals will view this competition as a threat and shrink back into mediocrity, but others will view it as a challenge and take the necessary steps to stand out from the crowd and demonstrate their value to their employers. If you have already arrived at this enlightened state of paralegalism kudos to you, but if you have not let’s get started with scrapping your mediocre paralegal existence and replace it with a higher level of paralegalism. This will be the first in the series “How to Become an Indispensable Paralegal”. This series will include checklists, tips, videos, and more information to assist you in becoming an indispensable paralegal. So grab your Starbucks® or whatever you drink and notepad because I guarantee that if you implement these steps you’ll become an indispensable paralegal. And if you want to be even more exceptional consider registering for Paralegal Rainmakers Summit. Ok. No more plugs for the awesome Paralegal Rainmakers Summit on July 26, 2013 on-line at 9:00 to 2:00pm PST. Ready, set, let’s get started ya’ll.
First you have to scrap your cookie cutter view of a paralegal’s role and replace it with a new one. This cookie cutter view hinders a paralegal from owning their paralegal role and demonstrating their true value to employers and the legal community. It is critical to a paralegals success to own the paralegal role. Without ownership a paralegal will always be mediocre, never transcending from a job focused mindset to a career focused mindset. This type of a paralegal’s actions will always mimic that of the countless other paralegals that are just doing what is necessary to keep a job, and never perform at a level that is needed to sustain a successful paralegal career. An employer can find hundreds of paralegals to draft documents and conduct research, but finding a paralegal that performs these functions while understanding that performing these functions efficiently has a direct impact on their career is like finding a rare jewel. Taking ownership allows a paralegal to look beyond the bounds of one particular employer and see the impact that their actions have on their career and the legal community overall. This view ultimately results in a better work product and job satisfaction.
Following are some questions to ask yourself to determine where you are right now on your path to becoming an indispensable paralegal:
If you answered yes to questions 1-4 you are an asset to your employer, if you answered yes to questions 1-7 you are an asset to your employer and a contributor to the paralegal profession, and if you answered yes to questions 1-10 you are an asset to your employer, a contributor to the paralegal profession, and a contributor to the legal community.
On-demand Basic Paralegal Program: Legal Technology
Self-paced Paralegal Certificate
The purpose of this program is to familiarize paralegals with the Six Sigma methodology and discover how to apply it to their jobs and careers. Learn how to apply Six Sigma to the paralegal career in this on-line program.
Whether you are new to the paralegal career or are a seasoned paralegal this training program offers a comprehensive training program to help increase productivity, save time, and decrease errors in the legal work flow from beginning to end. The methodology was obtained from the Six Sigma methodology that was made popular by Jack Welch. Jack Welch is often cited for being one of the most successful CEO's in history. The methodology is based on quality measurement and control with the goal being the reduction of errors. This methodology is especially important in order to provide an understanding of how to approach critical substantive legal functions from a process improvement mindset.
In this on-line program paralegals and aspiring paralegals are provided with the tools and information that will allow them to work in a modern law office setting. This program covers topics related to law firm e-mail policies, social media strategies, online legal research tools, and eDiscovery process and procedures in order to assist participants with meeting the challenges of today's paralegal working environment. Applying Six Sigma to the paralegal role assists paralegals with understanding the importance of avoiding the mundane tasks that paralegals who operate with a legal secretary mindset will tend to focus their day conducting. Overall this approach to completing paralegal specific duties will allow those that successfully complete the program to outperform their counterparts.
The following topics are covered in this program:
On-line & Self paced
All registrants that complete all training sessions will receive the Paralegal Yellow 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.
Click here to sign up for a free program tour.
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
Enjoy these additional benefits when you join:
You can cancel your membership at any time and will not be charged for the next billing cycle.
*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
$29.00 - $349.00
Network and Educate Your Way to Success!
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.
All subscription plans include access to the following benefits:
Legal Research Crash Course
$129.00 - $229.00
In legal organizations legal research is an integral part of the legal process. 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 session will cover the following topics:
This course offers a certificate when all tasks within the simulated law office are successfully completed.
Want to earn the Paralegal Blue Belt: Legal Research Certificate? In addition to access to the on-line course lessons registration includes access to an on-line experiential learning environment that provides access to course materials, on-demand sessions that are immediately available, and other student materials to help reinforce the concepts covered within this amazing course.
Discover how to improve your legal research and writing skills in the Legal Writing Crash Course. Learn more