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Week 2 Lecture02/04/2019Communication is super keyListening, asking the right questions and giving informed, concise information, time pressure, and day-to-day distractions°Skills and AttributesTeam player, adaptable, open-mindedness, friendly, self-reflecting°°Chapter 2 – Career Opportunities°°Legal Aid: financially challenged, non-profit organizations, offer legal assistance to the less fortunatePros: helping those in need, ability to represent clients (in very specific instances, very limited – given permission with social security or government agencies), passionate, specialized clientele, casual, not collecting billable hours from clientsCons: less pay, emotionally challenging, difficult clientele, less resources, large caseload, limited time, case obstacles°Government: federal, social security, state, employment development, attorney general, etcPros: benefits, regulated hours, steady income, non-billable hours, specializations, regulated hours, unionized, holidays, OT, Cons: influx of cases, unfulfilling/mundane, °Freelance: Pros: make your own hours, decide your own workload, decide your own rates, choice of attorneys/clients, choice of specialization, location (work from home), protected/facelessCons: hours, lots of self-marketing, °Corporation (not litigation):Pros: typically good pay, benefits, structure, stability, formality, regulated hours, networking, no billable hours, no litigation/trial prepCons: limited experiences, formality, politics, mundane, strict, °Large Firms:Pros: litigation/excitement, large salary, specialization, assistance/staff, climb up the ladder, benefits, formal, lots of resources, networking opportunity
Cons: specializations, billable hour pressure, depo/litigation/trial prep, big drama°Small Firms:Pros: less formal, lots of experience, lots of different fields, family-like environmentCons: less benefits, less pay
02/04/2019°MODULE 1 PRESENTATION NOTES°What do paralegals do?Substantive in nature, but depends on firm/attorneyConduct interviews and maintain contact with clientsLocate/interview witnessesLegal investigationsCALENDARING and maintaining client filesoMaking sure they and the attorneys are on trackoCourt/filing deadlinesLegal researchoFinding information/cases that support your clientDraft legal docsoDraft answers, complaints, demurrers, etc.File documents with courtsSummarize witness testimoniesCoordinate litigation proceedingsAttend legal proceedings Tech knowledge°Duties vary depending onSize of office/firmType of law practicedAmount of experience of the paralegal°Paralegals and TechnologySpecialized legal software programs

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