Some paralegals mistakenly believe that the only way they can advance in their careers is to become an attorney. Becoming an attorney is not always the next rung on the career ladder for every paralegal. Although, both professions share some similarities the skill set that is needed to be a successful paralegal is not the same set of skills that is needed in order to be a successful attorney. Most practice areas require attorneys to attend court hearings and/or trials and the use of great oratory skills, presentation skills, as well as other characteristics that allow them to persuade others is a must for them to be effective. A paralegal may be excellent at drafting motions, pleadings, and other legal documents, but may not have the best oral communication skills. Being an excellent communicator does not mean that a person can communicate equally well in writing and orally.
In some circumstances a paralegal may be a better fit for another career within the legal industry. With the changing legal landscape a paralegal that is looking to grow within the legal field may choose to work in another career in the legal industry and if pay is a motivating factor can earn just as much as some attorneys make.
Following are just a few examples of careers that a paralegal can easily transition into and the expected salary range for each one:
Becoming a legal administrator is a great option for paralegals who are self starters, motivated, and possess the ability to lead teams. A legal administrator handles a variety of functions for law firms including financial management, human resources, marketing, as well as other aspects of a law firm's operations.
According to the Association of Legal Administrators a legal administrator should have the following skills and abilities:
Transitioning into the eDiscovery career from a paralegal career can be an easy transition for paralegals that are technologically savvy. The technology explosion necessitates the use of specialized professionals that understand technology as well as legal processes and procedures. In this episode of The ESI Report, Michele Lange interviews Joe Edlund and Matt Samet, two e-discovery case managers from Kroll Ontrack about the role of the eDiscovery Case Manager. Learn more about the eDiscovery Case Manager career.
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Access paralegal career related presentations from legal professionals with different backgrounds from across the U.S. and gain paralegal expertise, insights, and information to excel in your career. This series includes access to on-demand sessions and live sessions. The Paralegal MasterClass is ideal for paralegals at all career levels that would like to expand their knowledge about the various aspects of a paralegal's career. This amazing on-line class will allow paralegals to learn about legal content writing, methods for increasing productivity, case management, effective methods to manage stress, ways to develop paralegal leadership skills, and more.
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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
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Intermediate Paralegal Program: Legal Case Management
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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:
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Fundamentals of Legal Research
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