Finding or changing jobs is one of the most important decisions you'll ever have to make. Your job is more than just a source of income or the place where you spend as much as one third of your life. It's part of who you are and who you're becoming. It's an education, a source of satisfaction and self- esteem. While in school and throughout your working life, you'll probably receive a great deal of instructions in the skills you need to do a good job. But, reflect for a moment. Have you ever had any real instruction on how to look for a job? Or on how to decide what job is best for you? Probably not.
Many paralegals working in a corporate legal department have numerous reasons for pursuing a non-traditional career. One of the most obvious is the opportunity to work for only one client (the corporation) rather than for the multiple clients of a law firm. "When you work in a law firm you have to divide your loyalty and time among your clients and projects. Whereas when you work for the client, as I do, you don't have that division in your interest. All my energies can be given to my one client..." (Janis Jones)
Ask any paralegal what the most controversial and sensitive issues surrounding the profession are, and licensing and regulation will undoubtedly be at the top of the list. In this two-part series, LawCrossing takes a look at the ''pros'' and ''cons'' of paralegal licensure and regulation.