Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Should I become a paralegal?

Recently, someone searched Google for an answer to "Should I become a paralegal?" I don't have the answer for you, and likely, Google doesn't either.  However, if you're looking for a quick quiz to help you answer that question yourself, here you go:


1. Do you write well?

2. Do you want a fast-paced job?

3. Can you sit and read for eight hours straight?

4. Can you tell people things they don't want to hear?

5. Can you talk to people without rehearsing? (Shy people have a very hard time in this line of work.)

6. Do you look for what's missing from the information you are given?

7. Can you find solutions to problems that are not straight forward and "by the book?"

8. Can you doodle? (Handy tool during meetings and telephone conferences.)

9. Are you super-organized?

10. Can you "read" people?

11. Do you like to dress up for work?

12. Do you want to pick-up a coffee/caffeine habit if you don't already have one?

13. Can you type?

14. Did you listen in library class to how libraries are organized? If you answered yes, you should be a librarian. Law libraries aren't organized that way.

15. Can you communicate clearly and effectively, even when people have their fingers in their ears and are shouting "La la la la" above your voice?

16. Can you multi-task?

17. Can you operate a computer? If you answered no, you should know the thing you are staring at is called a Com-pew-t-her. They're pretty awesome.

18. Can you work independently? That means not only can you follow instructions, but can you pick-up a file and make a list of tasks and create a plan without help from others?

19. Can you work as a team without being a drain on your co-workers because you are the one that always needs extra help?

20. Can you work more than 40 hours per week?

21. Can you cope with never catching up and always feeling behind?

22.  Can you work toward a solution to a problem that is legally best for your client, even if it may not meet your moral criteria for a good resolution?

23. Can you be satisfied when the verdict is not returned in your favor after working very hard for years?

24. Are you ready to commit to a long-term or lifelong career?

25. Will you be satisfied if you can only make semi-lateral career moves?

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  1. Hmm. just an observation here-but this sounds very close to being a description of being a wife and mother to me-not to mention just about every other "pink collar" job out there. Ya have to do this because it is what you WANT to do and nothing else looks as good to you.

    I should know-this is my second career. Yep-you guessed it-nothing else even comes close to being what I want to do.

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