Amanda Thomas
Job Title: Paralegal Intern

Years of Paralegal Experience: 6 months

Education/Degrees: Master’s of Professional Studies in Paralegal Studies. BA in Psychology & Early Childhood Education.

Specialty Areas: I would like to concentrate further training in Education Law. I am finding this harder to do than I expected. The training I would like to have comes only from Schools of Education or Law School. At this time, I do not desire a double Master’s, nor am I able to attend law school with 4 children under the age of 11. I would like to pair my education experience and passion for special ed advocacy with my paralegal training.

Educational Highlight: Graduated George Washington University‘s Master’s Degree Program in Paralegal Studies with a cumulative 3.9 GPA.

Future Goals You’re Working Toward: I would like to be a paralegal in a firm or organization that specializes in Education Law or with the US Dept of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

Paralegal Practice Struggles: As I do not have paralegal experience aside from my courses of study and internship, I have found it difficult to change careers. HR departments are not interested in a paralegal with no experience, and I can’t get job experience because HR departments are not interested. It has been a frustrating cycle. However, I haven’t lost hope, and have joined a local association to network, and extended my internship to increase my professional experience.

Favorite Internet Resource:

Do you use social media resources, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or blogs, for career and/or case development? LinkedIn, Facebook, & Twitter have helped me in networking. I am in contact with other professionals in my future field, which I hope will reap benefits as I look to advance my career. As a student and new paralegal these sites have helped me by providing additional sources of appropriate formatting for documents and sources for continuing eduction. I purchased the Trial Notebook from The Paralegal Mentor, and am really looking forward to putting it to use!

Fun Fact: I have been a preschool teacher & center administrator for 10 years.

Favorite Book or Movie: Steel Magnolias

Recipes Your Family Begs You to Cook: Crispix Candy Bars (white chocolate coated crispix cereal & peanut M&M bars), French Silk Pie from scratch

One Gadget You Can’t Live Without: Blender

Favorite Quote: “You can do no great things. Only small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa

Paralegal/Legal Association Membership(s): Student Memberships in Cleveland Association of Paralegals, NALA, & OSBA

I really appreciate Amanda taking the time to complete a profile and share her experience as a new paralegal graduate seeking work. She’s currently interning part-time; her job duties include performing legal research, writing memos responding to defense motions, assisting with pre-trial work, and completing a substantial amount of open file discovery for her supervising attorney. Hopefully, this excellent on-the-job experience, plus networking with area legal professionals, will open some doors for her, and she’ll keep us up-to-date with her progress.

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