50 Legal Careers for Non-Lawyers

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This thorough, easy-to-use handbook helps the reader select a law career best suited to one's interests, training, and aptitude, where a law degree is not a requirement. Each of the fifty careers profiled in the book includes interviews with people currently in that job; sample responsibilities; typical education and skills necessary; and further resources to help find out more, and how to enter the field. This new book from the American Bar Association is a must-have for anyone planning their future in law.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590319277
  • Publisher: American Bar Association
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Ten Growing Practice Areas for Paralegals     1
Assisting at Trial: Litigation Paralegals     3
It's Big Business: Corporate and Business Paralegals     7
Best Interests in Mind: Family Law Paralegals     11
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Oh My!: Intellectual Property Paralegals     15
Helping Newcomers-Legally: Immigration Paralegals     19
Assisting with Land Transactions: Real Estate Paralegals     23
Helping People Out of Sticky Situations: Collections and Bankruptcy Paralegals     27
Saving the Planet While Helping Lawyers: Environmental Law Nonlawyer Staff     32
Assisting with Workplace Issues: Labor and Employment Paralegals     36
Planning for the Future, Administering the Past: Probate and Estates Paralegals     39
Ten Great Positions in Law Office Management and Administration     43
Holding the Firm Together: Firm Administrators and Business Managers     45
Selling the Professional Services of Lawyers: Legal Marketers     49
Working for Those Who Make the Firm Work: Human Resources Directors and Managers     54
Keeping Track of Paralegals: Paralegal Managers and Supervisors     58
Obtaining Information in the Information Age: Law Librarians     62
Training the Firm:Professional Development Managers     66
Keeping the Firm Away from Ethical Violations: Conflicts Check Specialists     70
Putting the Firm in a Positive Light: Public Relations or Communications Managers     74
Helping Lawyers... and the Greater Good: Pro Bono Coordinators     78
Keeping Documents Organized, Keeping the Firm Efficient: Practice Group Support Specialists     84
Ten Completely Unique Positions for Skilled Nonlawyers     89
Finding and Minding the Facts: Legal Investigators     91
Piecing Together Medical-Legal Puzzles: Legal Nurse Consultants     95
Thinking of Technology: Legal Technology Specialists     100
Ascertaining the Identity and Validity of Writings: Document Examiners     104
Helping Lawyers Achieve Balance: Work-Life Balance Administrators     108
Representing and Helping Inventors: Patent Agents     112
Providing Visuals: Trial Graphics and Animation Support Specialists     116
Applying Factual and Scientific Findings to the Law: Forensic Professionals     120
Validating Real Estate Transactions: Title Examiners, Agents, and Abstractors     125
Translating Legalese into Winning Jury Strategies: Litigation or Trial Consultants     128
Five Great Positions for Self-Starters     133
Serving Lawyers Independently: Freelance Paralegals     135
Matching Quality Employees with Quality Firms: Legal Recruiters     139
Providing Notice in Civil Litigation: Process Servers     143
Applying Law to Facts: Legal Researchers and Writers     147
Taking Down the Record: Legal Transcribers and Reporters     151
Five Great Positions if You're Just Getting Started     155
Serving as the Lawyer's Right-hand Person: Legal Secretaries     157
Managing the Firm's Files: File Clerk     161
Serving as the Face and Voice of the Firm: Law Firm Receptionists     164
Assisting Those Who Make the Laws: Legislative Aides     167
Overseeing Criminal Offenders: Probation and Parole Officers     171
Ten Great Nonlawyer Positions Outside of Law Firms     175
Your Employer as Your Client: In-House Paralegals     177
Problem Solvers: Nonlawyer Mediators     181
Ensuring Smooth Operations in Court: Court Administrators and Managers     185
Molding the Next Generation: Paralegal Instructors     189
Fighting for Those Who Need Legal Assistance: Nonlawyer Advocates and Legal Aid Professionals     193
Working for Uncle Sam and His Many State and Local Counterparts: Public Sector Nonlawyer Staff     197
Serving Justice While Serving Their Country: Legalmen and Military Paralegals     201
Drafting and Reviewing Agreements: Contracts Specialists     205
Serving Up Justice: Magistrates and Other Nonlawyer Judges     209
Helping Claimants in Times of Need: Nonlawyer Administrative Representatives     213
Afterword     217
Index     221
About the Author     237
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