Can You Be a Freelance Paralegal?

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As a freelance paralegal, you are able to be your own boss and provide your paralegal services to clients on an as”needed basis.” Because you are not an employee of the client, there is usually a fixed term that this work would occur over, anywhere from a few days to a number of months. Who Hires Freelance Paralegals A law firm or attorney might hire a freelance paralegal to work for them when they have more work than they can handle by themselves. This particular arrangement works out well for both the client and the paralegal, as the client will..

3 Ways To Make Transitioning From The Military To The Police Easier

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For many veterans, transitioning from the military to the police seems ideal. Compared to other civilian positions, there are a great deal of similarities between the the structure, ranking system and responsibilities of the police and the military, and this sense of familiarity means many veterans at least consider a career in law enforcement. If you are considering moving from the military to a law enforcement career, here are three ways to make transitioning from the military to the police  as easy as possible. Do your research Plan your move into law enforcement in advance. The more time you give..

Advancements In Law Enforcement Technology

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Part of excelling as a paralegal is keeping abreast of technologies that could have a significant affect your field. For those specialising in criminal law advances in law enforcement technology are especially important, as they can have a fundamental effect on the cases you may find yourself working on. To help you keep up to date with with potentially significant changes in how technology is changing law enforcement we’ve listed eight examples of advanced equipment that are in use today.   Handheld laser spectroscopy devices Handheld laser spectroscopy devices are used to determine the chemical composition of an unknown substance...

What Is The Difference Between A Paralegal And Lawyer?

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Paralegals and Lawyers both play a hugely important job in the American legal system, but if you are considering a career as one or the other, the difference between their roles and responsibilities can be a little difficult to understand. So, if you are trying to choose between training as a lawyer and training as a paralegal, here are some of the key differences. Job Duties There is a fair amount of overlap between the duties performed by lawyers and paralegals. Both are expected to do significant amounts of research and prepare the legal documents for the case they are..

How To Stay Organised As A Paralegal

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Organisational skills are fundamental to the role of the paralegal, allowing them to manage calendar systems, track court dates and timings, and meet deadlines for filings. As a large part of a paralegal's duties can involve case research, keeping that research properly organised is vital. Documents in a legal case are useless unless they are properly filed and indexed so that the documents may be pulled quickly and easily.   Thankfully, organisational skills are something that can be learned and built upon, even if you are not a natural organiser when you start your paralegal training. To help you improve..

Legal Terms Every Paralegal Needs to Know: Part One

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Learning the correct legal terms for the field of law in which you plan to work is essential for a paralegal. Here at Northwest, our Paralegal Studies Course offers you the opportunity to learn those terms from a seasoned attorney, experienced in practicing law here in Nevada. To help keep them fresh in your mind, we’ve put together a series of articles listing legal terms every paralegal needs to know, along with the brief explanation of what they mean.   1.  Adjective law - Also known as adjectival law, adjective law is a collection of laws that deal with procedure or..

How Do I Become A Conservation Officer In Nevada?

Conservation Officers

Conservation officers, sometimes also referred to as fish and game wardens, enforce state and federal laws protecting natural resources, mainly fish and wildlife. Here in Nevada, game wardens have patrol duties over the entire area of the state; approximately 110,000 square miles. Individual wardens can patrol an area of up to 3,235 square miles, while a select few are responsible for patrol areas of nearly 10,000 square miles. Principle Duties Observation and inspection - One of the main duties of a conservation officer is to observe hunters, fishermen, and trappers to ensure they are complying with state and federal law..

Specializing As A Paralegal

Specializing As A Paralegal

When you are first training to be a paralegal, all of your attention is normally focussed on making sure you are as attentive as possible in your classes, looking to get the best qualifications possible before starting in the job market. However, as your course comes to an end, it’s always a good idea to put some thought into the positions you plan to apply for in the future.   While all paralegals play a roughly similar role in the legal profession, what field you choose to specialisz in can make a difference to your working environment and day to..

5 Interviewing Skills That Every Paralegal Needs

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Conducting client interviews is a standard responsibility for most paralegals. The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) suggests that "conducting client interviews," "maintaining general contact with clients," and "locating and interviewing witnesses" are a fundamental part of the paralegal's duties. To excel as a paralegal, you'll need to develop strong interviewing skills that will allow you to take charge of an interview and collect all the information required by the attorneys. To help you develop those skills, we've listed 5 of the most essential interviewing skills that every paralegal needs. Taking Charge Of Your Interviews 1. Make your interviewee comfortable..

How Can I Make A Difference As A Paralegal?

Make A Difference As A Paralegal

Choosing to become a paralegal and working in the field of law can present our students with a diverse range of opportunities to make a difference, both in their local area and to the profession as a whole. While many people are aware of the activities of famous paralegals, such as Erin Brockovich and Merrell Williams, thousands of paralegals across the U.S. devote their time and effort every day to making a difference to their community, their profession, and to people in need.   The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), suggests that paralegals should aspire to contribute 24 hours..