Are you interested in making a difference in legal system? If so, becoming a paralegal or a legal assistant may be a step in the right direction for you and your career. As a paralegal, you'll be tasked with the responsibility of working alongside lawyers and helping them prepare for their cases every step of the way.
Going back to school to earn your Paralegal Associate's degree or a Paralegal Certificate will offer you the chance to immerse yourself in the highly competitive legal environment. Much of your curriculum will be focused on perfecting your writing skills as well as honing in on your legal research skills so you'll be able to perform tasks in a timely manner. You'll also learn about the technical side of paralegal work and will be given the necessary skills in order to properly use electronic research devices such as Westlaw® and Lexis Nexis®.
Your studies will also prepare you for real world scenarios and how to succeed when they arise though advanced critical-thinking and problem solving. Look for online and campus-based colleges with teachers who are highly trained, giving you the best possible resources for success.
Once you've grasped the concept of what will be required of you through your courses, you may want to apply for an internship in order to attain real world experience at either a law firm or a corporate legal department. This will give you an added edge against your competition once you're ready to break into the field after graduation.
Through your coursework, internships, and the guidance of your highly qualified and professional educators, you'll then be ready to take the National Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal Examination (CLA/CP Exam). The knowledge you've acquired will allow you to begin your career with the confidence to succeed in this exciting field.