The second step to becoming an indispensable paralegal is accountability. This is an integral piece in becoming an indispensable paralegal because it is not inherent within the profession. Unlike attorneys whose actions are regulated by state bars a paralegal’s actions are dictated by their employer and their own personal ethics. If a paralegal was trained on the job by a less than ethical attorney or has a shaky ethical foundation those same shoddy ethics will go with them to any position they ever work in. On the other hand if a paralegal chooses to adhere to a set of ethics that they build into their career over time these ethical standards become part of their personal repertoire of professional characteristics.
Most paralegals will consider themselves to be ethical, but usually when you dissect their ethical standards it is usually tied to the policies, procedures and do’s and don’ts of their current employer. A paralegal that goes the extra mile to build ethics into their career will perform the tasks of their job with a concern about how their actions impact their career and not just their current job. This usually translates into better job performance than a paralegal that is just doing what is necessary to keep the boss of their back and keeping a job. Most employers will never know that a paralegal is cutting corners, overbilling clients, or not returning client calls until they get slapped with a bar complaint or a malpractice suit. This is too high of a price to pay for an employee that is probably being paid a fraction of the costs that it will take to defend against a bar complaint or malpractice suit, and some employers take the necessary precautions to prevent these situations. Although, there are numerous debates about what is necessary for someone to be considered a paralegal, what will never be debated is an employer’s concern about exposing itself to ethical breaches. When a job post reads “Looking for paralegal with ABA approved certificate” that employer is not just looking for someone with a certain body of knowledge they are also looking for a way to weed out paralegals that may not have the professional standards that they require. At the end of the day there are numerous paralegals vying for one job and who gets it can simply be the ability for an employer to measure the professional standards of its prospective employee.
Basic On-line Paralegal Program
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.
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On-line eDiscovery Training Program
This hands-on, how-to program gives you an overview of the technology used in eDiscovery in civil and criminal cases. From discovery identification and preservation to collection, processing, review, production, and trial presentation, this program covers what you need to know about eDiscovery. Throughout the course, you have the opportunity to work with e-discovery tools, computer forensics tools, processing and review platforms, and trial presentation software.
Fundamentals of Legal Research
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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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