The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Employer: Self-employed at Paralegal Associates, San Diego, CA
Years of Paralegal Experience: 2+
Specialty Areas: Civil litigation, personal injury, employment law – learning environmental law
Career Highlight: Starting my freelance business and having it actually take off.
Paralegal Practice Tip: Always have pen and paper handy. You never know when that attorney is going to give you something to do.
Kris is absolutely right about having something to write with at all times. On Friday, as I was leaving for the day, I stuck my head in my boss’s door to say good-bye and he suddenly asked me to draft a specialized motion in an unusual civil litigation matter. This is not a motion that will be found in a form book. As he’s talking a mile a minute about what he wants it to contain, and I’m standing there in his office doorway, looking rather useless and unprepared with my purse, my car keys and an armful of books, I finally asked him, “Could you please dictate what you just said into a note since I don’t have anything to write with right now?” But I will the next time…even if I am on my way home!