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Ethical Pitfalls of Social Media

The latest data indicates that almost 80% of online adults use Facebook.[1]  While we let the significance of that number sink in for a few moments, let’s look at an even more fascinating trend: 91% of Facebook users use the...

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Landing a Job: It’s a full time Job!

Even in professions with projected long term positive growth as is the case with the paralegal profession, finding quality legal employment is still no easy task.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the paralegal field is projected to...

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Continuing Education & Networking: The Keys to Avoiding Career Disengagement

According to a recent Gallop Poll, the percentage of U.S. workers who felt engaged in their jobs was at a mere 32% in 2015.  Gallup categorized workers as "engaged" based on their ratings of key workplace elements -- such as...

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Why Relying on Social Media is Tempting (and Dangerous) for Paralegals

Social media can be a wonderful tool to connect, even professionally. But it’s a bit alarming to see the extent to which paralegals are turning to it for purposes that are simply not appropriate for a public, unsecured, and uncontrollable...

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NALA CP Exam: Why You Shouldn’t ‘Wing It’

Obtaining certification has become an important way for paralegals to distinguish themselves from their job-seeking competition. More and more employers are looking for people who have met established standards that they can immediately put to work with confidence. In...

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A Short Review of Torts for Paralegals

This post will briefly address torts, providing some quick examples and defining different types. A tort is a civil wrong, not involving breach of contract, that causes injury to another party. Torts can stem from either direct or indirect...

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Benefits of Paralegal Certification: Types & Options

Employability, as defined by the late Professor Sumantra Ghoshal, is "doing value creating work, getting paid for it – and learning at the same time, enhancing the ability to get work in the future." [1] Each semester, when I...

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Nationwide Paralegal Licensing Initiatives

The list below summarizes the current state of paralegal licensure in the United States. The findings are limited to the specific issue of paralegal licensure only and not paralegal regulation/certification. This document is for informational purposes only. If you are...

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Legal Writing Tips for Paralegals

Writing is like refereeing a football game. If it's done well, it goes unnoticed. If it's done poorly, it makes everyone angry. It's also like painting a picture. Each word is a color on your palette. Word-choice matters. Take for...

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Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam: Topics Covered

Are you thinking about taking the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE)? Here's a list of each of the five major sections and what topics they cover. The percentages indicate how much of the entire test each section comprises.Domain One:...

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