Advice for New Paralegals: What Every Paralegal Must Know When They Begin a New Paralegal Job

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Summary: This article uses real experiences from paralegals to illustrate the job and its processes to those who are just entering the legal profession.
Advice for New Paralegals: What Every Paralegal Must Know When They Begin a New Paralegal Job

The purpose of this article is to walk you through the first thirty days of your new job as a paralegal. It describes what happens once you are hired and walk through the door, based on actual accounts of people who have been there.
Most of your time and energy up until this point has been devoted to the job search and all the tasks that are required. Once you have a job, you can begin to think about what you will be doing when you start working. You may understandably have questions about the job and the organization, concerns about your capabilities and overwhelming anxieties about starting a new position.
This article includes many questions that other paralegals have asked or wish they had asked as they began working. Some may seem obvious, and others may not have occurred to you. You may wonder where to begin asking. The questions included here are general in nature. Responses to these questions and additional advice from paralegals are also given. Obviously, each job is unique and each new paralegal will have questions about his or her particular situation. Add your own questions, issues, and concerns to those raised in this article.

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