Surviving and Thriving in the Law Office / Edition 1

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This career guide gives current and future paralegals the inside scoop on how to select the right job for them and how to thrive in their work setting. A well-respected supervising attorney who now is a paralegal educator lets paralegals know what law firms look for in their paralegal staff in terms of time and work management, quality assurance, interaction with various segments of the office and much, much more. The Paralegal Perspective feature gives the reader first-hand advice on how to handle situations they encounter on the job. Further, this publication fully addresses such important issues as finding the right paralegal job, producing high-quality work, understanding billable hours, dealing with office politics, asking for a raise and advancing in a paralegal career. End-of-chapter questions, Internet-based questions and ethical discussion questions make this an enjoyable and educational read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401838966
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/2/2004
  • Series: Paralegal Reference Materials Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Attorney at Law; Paralegal Instructor, Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Setting Goals: What Should You Expect From a Paralegal Career? Chapter 1: Why Have Goals? Chapter 2: What Should Your Goals Be? Chapter 3: Who Can Help You Achieve Your Goals? Chapter 4: What is Possible in the Paralegal Profession? Section Two: Beyond Survival: How to Thrive as a Paralegal. Chapter 5: Getting Off to a Good Start. Chapter 6: What is Important to a Law Firm? Chapter 7: Handling the Dreaded Billable Hour. Chapter 8: How to Manage Your Workload. Chapter 9: What Kinds of Assignments Can You Expect? Chapter 10: Where to Go for Help. Chapter 11: Communication: Co-workers, Clients, the Court, and Other Firms. Chapter 12: Office Politics: Danger Lurking Around Every Corner. Chapter 13: How to Know What Youre Worth. Chapter 14: The Importance of Growing Professionally. Section Three: Taking Stock of Your Paralegal Career. Chapter 15: Achieving Professional and Personal Balance. Chapter 16: Staying Motivated: Keeping Your Career Interesting. Chapter 17: Mission Accomplished: Now What? Appendices: NFPA Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Sample Paralegal Resume with Comments. Sample Paralegal Cover Letter with Comments. Sample Thank You Letter with Comments. Alternative and Non-traditional Career Resources.

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