Category Archives: The Paralegal Profession

Becoming A Freelance Paralegal: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Considering becoming a freelance paralegal? You should take a serious look at your motives, personality, experience, and finances, just for starters.  I am going to give you the good, the bad, and the ugly on being a freelance paralegal versus being a law-firm-employed paralegal. I prefer bad news first, so here goes… • You will…

Happy Paralegal Certificate Anniversary!

I graduated from paralegal school in May 1992 which makes this the 20th anniversary of my paralegal certificate.  Happy Anniversary to me! Well, time flies and things changes.  Take a stroll down paralegal memory lane with me as I look at what has changed in twenty years… The Paralegal Job Market When I was finishing…

7 Reasons to Use a Contract Paralegal

In today’s legal market, many small firms and solos operate on tight budgets with little or no support staff.  What some attorneys fail to realize is that there comes a point when doing everything yourself actually costs you more than getting a little help from a contract, freelance or virtual paralegal (I use the terms…

What Paralegal Skills Are You Missing?

A great resource for essential paralegal skills and training. If you don’t sharpen your paralegal skills now, you will hate yourself later.  No matter how much or how little experience you have as a paralegal, you need to always be moving forward by acquiring more skills to make you as indispensable as possible.  In this article, I…

What You Should Know About Becoming A Virtual Paralegal

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to start your own virtual paralegal business? I used to sit in Atlanta traffic each morning and dream of becoming a freelance paralegal (it was 1992 so “virtual” was not an option).  In 1994, I began drafting a business plan to make my dream a reality….

VIDEO – 5 Ways To Invest In Your Paralegal Career

Do you want to advance in your paralegal career?  How do you plan to move forward and meet your  goals? This video will show you five ways you can invest in your paralegal career to insure that you are moving in the right direction. If you are receiving this by email, you can watch the…

Top Five Reasons I Am a Legal Nerd

There is really no need to hide or be ashamed of the fact that I am a legal nerd.  If you know me, work with me, or read my paralegal  blog regularly, you already know it.  What makes me a legal nerd? Read on to find out: 1.  I think legal research is fun. You…

So You Think Your Paralegal Job Is Secure?

Paralegals,  here is your wake-up call… If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, read the rest of this post – seriously. Have you grown apathetic toward your work?  Do you make careless mistakes frequently?  Have you stopped striving to be the very best at what you do?  Are you annoyed by every assignment you…

Don’t Make This Mistake When Contracting with a Paralegal

Is there a difference  between a freelance paralegal and a virtual paralegal?  Which one should  an attorney look for when needing some extra help? I don’t want to insult anyone’s intelligence, but the only difference is that  a virtual paralegal’s work is all done virtually and a freelance paralegal’s work can be done at the…

VIDEO – Paralegal Career Tip – How To Get More Substantive Work

One of the top complaints I hear from paralegals is that their supervising attorneys are not utilizing the paralegal’s  full potential.  This scenario leads to boredom, frustration, and  low job satisfaction.  It is a lose-lose, for the paralegal and the firm.  Today I am going to share three ways to help you get more substantive…