Becoming a Paralegal

Overview

The paralegal profession is among the fastest-growing fields in the United States. Working as a paralegal offers exciting opportunities in law, without the expensive and lengthy schooling required to become an attorney. However, because paralegals have many important job responsibilities, proper training is essential.

Becoming a Paralegal offers step-by-step advice on getting the best training and making smart career choices that will jumpstart...

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Overview

The paralegal profession is among the fastest-growing fields in the United States. Working as a paralegal offers exciting opportunities in law, without the expensive and lengthy schooling required to become an attorney. However, because paralegals have many important job responsibilities, proper training is essential.

Becoming a Paralegal offers step-by-step advice on getting the best training and making smart career choices that will jumpstart your paralegal career-with a top salary at the right firm.

This Indispensible Career Guide Offers You:

Insight on exactly what a paralegal career has to offer-from responsibilities to areas of specialization and types of practices

Information on the types of training programs available, and help determining which are right for you

A detailed look at financial aid options and help navigating the school application process

Strategies for conducting an effective job search in today's changing job market

Essential advice on succeeding in your new career and avoiding the hazards of the legal workplace

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576857243
  • Publisher: Learningexpress, Llc
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 572,406
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Enter the Paralegal Field? ix

Step 1 Investigate What Paralegals Do x

Step 2 Decide on Your Training xi

Step 3 Find and Pay for Your Training xi

Step 4 Attend a Paralegal Program and Get the Most Out of Your Classes xii

Step 5 Conduct a Job Search xii

Step 6 Succeed in Your New Profession xii

Chapter 1 Becoming a Paralegal 1

Why Become a Paralegal? 2

What Do Paralegals Do? 7

Specialization 10

Where Do Paralegals Work? 16

Entering the Field 29

Chapter 2 All About Training Programs 37

Types of Training Programs 38

A Personal Assessment 59

Choosing a Specialty 64

Where to Get Your Training 66

Your Schedule, Your Demands 67

Making the Final Decision 69

Making the Most of Your Training Program 73

Chapter 3 Financing Your Education 79

Some Myths About Financial Aid 80

Types of Financial Aid 81

Applying for Financial Aid 92

General Guidelines for Loans 98

The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Financial Aid 102

Financial Aid Terms-Clearly Defined 105

Financial Aid Resources 106

Chapter 4 How to Find Your First Job 111

Before You Begin Searching 112

Conducting Your Search 114

Chapter 5 Job-Search Skills and Interviewing 125

What Should a Resume Look Like? 126

Say it Clearly and Concisely 128

Making Your Resume Computer Friendly 129

What Goes on a Resume? 132

How to Tailor Your Resume 133

Writing a Cover Letter 148

Surviving Your Interview 152

Chapter 6 How to Succeed Once You've Found the Job 163

Fitting into the Workplace Culture 165

Power in Numbers 166

Managing Work Relationships 167

Finding a Mentor 174

Promoting Yourself 175

Appendix A Directory of Paralegal Training Programs 181

Appendix B Professional Associations 223

National Paralegal Organizations 223

State Bar Associations 224

NFPA-Affiliated Organizations 229

State Agencies of Higher Education 233

Appendix C Additional Resources 241

General Information 241

Finding a Job 242

Succeeding on the Job 242

Association Publications 243

Finding the Right College and Paying for It 244

Associations 244

Other Helpful Links 244

Websites for Paralegal Education Programs 245

Appendix D Sample Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 247

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