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2017 Trump Travel Ban Developments Put Paralegals On High Alert

On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court finally weighed in on President Trump’s contentious travel ban by partially lifting several injunctions put in place by lower courts and agreeing to hear arguments on the subject in October of 2017. The order has sent paralegals across the country scrambling to prepare for both the potential upcoming […]

26 Legal Terms Every Paralegal Needs to Know

You’ve probably heard the metaphor, “It’s all Greek to me,” when someone doesn’t understand or is totally flummoxed by a subject or situation. The law is “Greek” to many people: it’s frequently misunderstood and legal terminology is misused by most people. Take, for instance, the person who comes home to find that their home has […]

7 Paralegal Jobs NOT in Law Firms: Where to look & what to expect

Where are paralegals needed? Pretty much everywhere! Because the law affects every aspect of our lives, there are jobs out there for individuals with paralegal skills in most areas of government, business and nonprofit organizations. Below are a few specialties to consider while planning your paralegal education and career. Corporate Paralegals Corporations across the country […]

Ethical dilemmas in the paralegal field – and life!

Ethics is one of the most important, if not the most important aspect of being a paralegal. It’s a topic that must be discussed and one I hate to discuss because, quite frankly, it can get ugly. The world may tell you that if you do the right thing and you’re ethical you have nothing […]

Paralegal Certificate, Certification and Certified: What’s the difference?

This blog is going to cover paralegal certificates, but first I want to make sure that you understand the distinction between a certificate and being certified or having certification. The easy way to remember it is that schools do not offer certification – they offer certificates; having a certificate or degree can lead to being […]

Internships: pluses and minuses (well, mostly pluses)

Do you really need an internship? In short, yes. Internships and on-the-job training are invaluable in the development of a good paralegal. There are a number of aspects of a paralegal’s job that make this so important. Seeing the Big Picture While in paralegal school, you’ll gain knowledge in legal terminology and learn about forms, […]

ABA approval: raising the bar

Paralegal education programs that are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) have gone that extra mile toward providing a consistent high standard of learning in the paralegal field. Not only do they need to meet defined, demanding standards for ABA approval; they need to be reapproved by the ABA on a regular basis to […]

Specialties: picking your path as a paralegal

The areas of law in which a paralegal can specialize are extensive, because the law itself reflects the needs of people in business and their personal lives. A good starting point if you are trying to decide of what area of law in which to specialize is to look at your interests and evaluate which […]

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