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2020 Vision for Paralegals: Forecast, Formal Training & Finding Work

Posted by Tami Riggs

Aug 28, 2019 11:00:00 AM

2020 Forecast AdobeStock_282754492Texas has the fourth highest employment rate for paralegals and legal assistants in the United States.1

Dallas-Ft Worth and Houston Metropolitan areas, representing six major US cities, account for the highest level of jobs in the profession in Texas.

The outlook for paralegals and legal assistants is not just good, it’s great! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Projections Central, employment in the field is expected to grow much faster than average, compared to other occupations, with a 15% increase projected nationwide through 2026.2 Prospects for legal roles in Texas are even higher, with a projected annual increase of 22%. This means more jobs, more positive employment opportunities and an optimistic outlook for the profession. 

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Topics: career, education and training, featured

New Paralegals Can Overcome “No Experience” Obstacles

Posted by Tami Riggs

Jun 13, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Hiring-ParalegalThe emphasis on experience in the paralegal profession is a significant factor in job placement and career advancement. The good news: it is possible to demonstrate your ability to perform well in a legal role even if you are just out of paralegal school and have no direct law firm experience. Many factors will impact success in getting hired, but paralegals new to the field can make themselves attractive to attorneys and hiring managers in a number of ways:

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Topics: career, paralegal skills, featured

Career Services - It’s not just about the resume!

Posted by Tami Riggs

Mar 28, 2019 2:00:00 PM

paralegal job interviewIf you are not capitalizing on your college career services department, you should.

Bridging the gap between education and employment involves more than just firing off a killer cover letter and resume to every firm advertising a prospective job opening. Career counseling helps graduates develop career goals and job search strategies, summarize training and qualifications, perfect communication skills and prepare for interviews.

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Topics: graduates and alumni, career, featured

Become a Paralegal:  It’s a High Demand, Strong Growth, Market Stable Profession!

Posted by Tami Riggs

Mar 14, 2019 10:00:00 AM

become a paralegalAre you evaluating your current professional status?  In a period of transition? Facing a job setback? Seeking new opportunities?

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Topics: career, education and training, featured

Paralegals Must Have the Write Stuff!

Posted by Tami Riggs

Feb 25, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Paralegals must have the write stuff image AdobeStock_220689102The paralegal profession relies heavily on communication. Writing competency for those who enter the profession is essential. Paralegals gather information and prepare a wide range of documents required to support, verify and complete a variety of legal transactions. Everything they draft - every correspondence they send - must be specifically tailored in a comprehensive and informative way that leaves no room for misrepresentation.

Law firms place a high value on writing skills when hiring paralegals, so it is common practice for a writing test to be requested during the interview phase. A writing test will typically measure a candidate’s ability to:

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Topics: career, paralegal skills, education and training, featured

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