Author Archives: Keegan

Paralegal Internships

An increasing number of formal paralegal education programs provide internship opportunities for their students. Some even require completion of an internship as a graduation requirement. While a paralegal internship may lead to a full-time job offer upon graduation, it is … Continue reading

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The California Alliance of Paralegal Associations (CAPA)

Four paralegal associations joined together to establish the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations (CAPA). The affiliation was created to promote communication, cooperation, and mutual assistance among the various professional organizations of paralegals and legal assistants within the state while allowing … Continue reading

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Tips for Passing the CLA or CP Exam

In order to pass the exam, you will find pointers in this article to: Know the syllabus Know the exam schedule Know the test prep resources available to you According to Legal Assistant Today magazine, the oldest two certification exams … Continue reading

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Paralegal Specialties – Career Choices for Success

The paralegal profession is one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States. In 2009 Money Magazine published an article stating that paralegal employment is projected to grow by 22% over the next ten years from 2006 through 2016.  The … Continue reading

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Where Paralegals Work

There are more than 250,000 paralegals in US, and they are employed in all types of organizations.  The majority (almost 75%, as shown in the graph below) are employed by law firms, corporate legal departments, and government offices. A paralegal … Continue reading

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Different Types of Paralegal Jobs

The image that commonly comes to mind when imagining a paralegal at work is one of diligent professionals working in real estate closings, corporate law preparing securities filings or drafting documents, trial preparation drafting discovery or summarizing deposition transcripts, drafting … Continue reading

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American Bar Association and Paralegals

The American Bar Association defines a paralegal as “a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Paralegal Office

The cast of characters comprising a paralegal’s office and the roles they play in a law firm begins with the client. Without the client there would be no need for a paralegal’s office. Indeed no need for the law firm … Continue reading

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Essential Skills for Paralegals

A paralegal may develop, or naturally possess, a virtually unlimited number of skills that add increased value to his or her skill set as a professional team member.  They range from applying technologically-oriented skills utilizing computers and electronic data processing … Continue reading

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Paralegals Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

In the early days of the American justice system, attorneys became qualified to practice law by reading cases—“lawbooks”—, observing trials and hearings in courtrooms, and assisting attorneys. The phrase “bar examination” came from the practice of orally questioning a person … Continue reading

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