Professional Paralegal, The: A Guide to Finding a Job and Career Success : 9780135105788

Professional Paralegal, The: A Guide to Finding a Job and Career Success

 
Edition
 
1
ISBN
 
9780135105788
ISBN 10
 
0135105781
Published
 
16/02/2012
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Pages
 
240
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Out of stock
 
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Description

For courses in Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Paralegal Internship.

 

This book covers more than just how to land a job, it shows how to prepare for and build a paralegal career. Taking a practical approach, it explains the dynamics of working in the legal environment, identifies the purpose and payoff to continual professional development, and offers strategies for working collaboratively with attorneys and others drawn into a case. Each chapter integrates ethics tips, checklists for success and end-of-chapter questions. Covering a full range of career issues, it offers advice on how to land your first paralegal job, develop marketable workplace habits and establish yourself in the paralegal profession.

Table of contents

UNIT 1: WHAT IS A PARALEGAL?

Chapter 1: Assessing Your Professional Goals 

Chapter 2: The Culture of the Legal Profession

Chapter 3: Traits Lawyers Have and Complementary Traits Paralegals Need 

Chapter 4: Choosing Employment that Matches Your Professional Goals

 

UNIT 2: APPLYING FOR WORK

Chapter 5: Successful Employment Application Documents 

Chapter 6: Successful Interview Strategies 

Chapter 7: Successful Job Negotiation Strategies

 

UNIT 3: STARTING WORK

Chapter 8: Starting Your Job or Internship  

Chapter 9: Communicating at Work 

Chapter 10: Building your Reputation at Work

Chapter 11: Important trait; Organizing Yourself, Your Office, and Your Time
Chapter 12: Using Technology to Manage Work and Time

 

UNIT 4: CAREER SUCCESS

Chapter 13: Propelling Your Career Toward Success 

Chapter 14: Taking Flight:  Taking Your Career to New Heights

 

Appendix A: Billable Hours Recording Form 

Appendix B: List of Organizations for Legal Professionals

Features & benefits

For courses in Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Paralegal Internship.

 

This book covers more than just how to land a job, it shows how to prepare for and build a paralegal career. Taking a practical approach, it explains the dynamics of working in the legal environment, identifies the purpose and payoff to continual professional development, and offers strategies for working collaboratively with attorneys and others drawn into a case. Each chapter integrates ethics tips, checklists for success and end-of-chapter questions. Covering a full range of career issues, it offers advice on how to land your first paralegal job, develop marketable workplace habits and establish yourself in the paralegal profession.

 

Features

 

Get essential advice on a full range of paralegal career issues:

 

Learn how to land your first paralegal job...

This book reveals:

  • The types of employers that hire paralegals
  • How to secure an internship, write an effective resume and interview for employment
  • How to evaluate the benefits of employment beyond the base salary
  • Ways to find an area of the law and environment that matches a paralegal’s personality, interests and working style
  • How to plan a career path
  • Ways to recognize when it’s time to move on
  • How to handle the first 30 days in a new job 

Develop marketable workplace habits...

This book shows:

  • How lawyers are trained and how their training affects a paralegal’s work habits
  • Communication strategies that create a collaborative work environment
  • How to handle situations that question, bend, and sometimes break ethical rules
  • Organizational strategies for yourself, your office, and your time
  • How to use technology and technological devices to get organized
  • How to distinguish personal working styles 

Establish yourself by understanding the profession and its practices...

 This book explores:

  • The role of paralegals in the different practice areas
  • The value of social skills and successful networking
  • How to use professional associations to support and enhance a paralegal career
  • Ways to find a professional voice and develop the confidence to use it well
  • Ways to become an expert and promote yourself within a practice area