I want this USB Flash Drive brooch. Oh. My.

I blog for paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries, legal staffers, paralegal students and instructors, as well as the attorneys who want to get to know us better. My goal is to share information they may find helpful for professional development – or a much needed laugh during a hectic week working for lawyers. Once a week (or every other week when Life Happens) I share links to a half dozen or so articles focusing on legal news and humor, practice tips and professionalism, and technology. I also share links of interest at Practical Paralegalism’s Facebook page, and via my Twitter stream (@ExpertParalegal).

Here’s this week’s links:

Breaking in: Getting Your First Paralegal Job (Raised Write) ~ Paralegal Jan Hill writes a great post about the realities of finding that first entry-level legal job. The truth is, in this economy, it takes patience, commitment, and sometimes more time that we’d like to transition to that second or third legal job as well.

How Strong is Your Password, Really? (inter alia) ~ I included the site How Secure is My Password? in the materials for my newest CLE presentation, “Old-Fashioned Ethics in a Newfangled World,” so I’m pleased to see that legal technology expert Tom Mighell tried it himself and recommends it.

Lindsay tries the conservative approach.

Free E-Dictionary Offer from Nolo (A Paralegal’s Journey to Lawyerhood) ~ LawSchoolDreamer (who starts law school on a full scholarship this fall) tells us how to get a free legal dictionary in ebook form from Nolo. Just like Nolo on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/NoloLaw, and you’ll receive a free copy of Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. Once you become a Facebook fan, you can click on the “Free eBook” link on the lefthand side of the page, and download your dictionary. (There’s also a free app available for the dictionary for your iPhone or iPad.)

What Your Clients Should Wear to Court (Lawyerist) ~ Although technology has greatly changed the way we practice law, the way our firm’s clients should dress for court hasn’t changed at all in several decades. Best advice from this post? Don’t assume the client will know what’s court-appropriate. I was happy to see Lindsay try a more low-key look for her most recent court appearance, although she was still sentenced to jail time in The Affair of the Necklace.

Two thumbs up for secret slimming ingredient!

Simple with a twist (The New Professional) ~ Angeline demonstrates once again that you can rock a dress from Target in the office. A huge fan of the versatile sheath dress myself, I recently scored a black pin-striped Rafaella Women’s Shaped Sheath Dress (shown here from Amazon, but I paid less at Steinmart) which has a killer feature: a tummy-tucking built-in slip.

Man Had 70+ Exotic Snakes, Fed Them Pets Adopted Off Craigslist (Legally Weird) ~ This. Is. The. Worst. Pet. Adoption. Story. Ever.

Practical Paralegalism’s fave post from this time last year:   So You’re Thinking About Starting a Blog for Paralegals?

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