Being A Paralegal - Knowledge Is Power
Part of being a paralegal is sifting through information to find answers to your situation. Clearly, not everything found on the Internet is reliable, but there are good sources to consider.
The resources below are established associations and organizations designed for the legal assistant. Whether you’re a budding paralegal or seasoned veteran you'll find information on these sites beneficial.
- The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Assistants (SCOLA) is dedicated to paralegal education.
Check out ABA approved paralegal programs, publications, paralegal career information and a newsletter. This site is primarily useful to lawyers, law firm administrators and paralegal educators.
- National Federal of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) is a membership site. It’s focus is on networking, job searches, career development, project management and member associations by region.
Membership in your local association enrolls you in NFPA. It provides the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE) to its members as well as an annual subscription to their bi-monthly newsletter (free to members).
- National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) provides information about the paralegal career. It's a membership site but joining your local association allows you to receive the benefits of NALA too.
You can read about court decisions and ethical rulings pertaining to the obligations and rights of paralegals. For a fee you can purchase the NALA Compensation and Utilization Survey. They also offer certification details and continuing education.
- American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) While this site focuses on paralegal educators it has lots of information for the new paralegal. You’ll find criteria for a quality paralegal education program and the role and history of paralegals.
- Paralegal Today is an independent magazine for the practicing paralegal. You'll find archived and current issues on their website.
They have free services, a nationwide job bank, school directory from around the country and a discussion forum for networking and asking profession-related questions.
- International Paralegal Management Association (IPMA) If you’re a paralegal manager or supervisor you’ll find this to be a helpful resource. There is a job bank that provides a list of paralegal job openings throughout the United States. You can find duties for certain specialties here as well as employment articles.
Being a paralegal is a terrific profession because it's both challenging and rewarding. There is a lot of information about this career and the resources listed above can help you over the course of your paralegal career.
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