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.
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.
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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