Philadelphia legal secretary Jane Merryless has more than 20 years of legal experience. She has terrific communication and organizational skills, and she knows the state and federal rules of civil procedure very well.  She’s taken recent courses in Microsoft Office programs, even though she was proficient in the software before the classes. But she hasn’t…

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Even earning a degree from an ABA approved paralegal program is no guarantee there will be a legal job waiting upon graduation. Joan Freeman, a December 2010 graduate of Phoenix College’s Paralegal Studies Program, approved by the ABA since 1989, has submitted 100 applications without success. The Arizona Republic reports that Freeman, like many paralegal…

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Sometimes I get email from readers asking if I recommend online paralegal training programs, Kaplan in particular. I personally don’t know any Kaplan-trained paralegals, certainly not locally. Occasionally, I see posts by alleged Kaplan students on the national paralegal listservs, complaining about their inability to get hired, posts that would give me serious pause if…

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