7 strategies for organizing your digital workspace

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For many people, an organized life is all about simplicity. From physical desktop to digital workspace, organized surroundings can bring a surprising amount of clarity to one’s life. An organized digital workspace can be particularly useful to those who work in the legal industry, where the majority of work occurs […]

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5 tips for studying for a paralegal certification class WHILE working full time

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Studying for a paralegal certification—or  any professional certificate—is a full-time job. But so is your actual full-time job. How can you do both at the same time? How do you maintain your performance at work, prepare for a certification examination, and not lose your sanity? Here are five tips for […]

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6 legal support skills to be proud of wherever you go

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As a paralegal or legal secretary, you have highly specialized experience in submitting court filings, managing case files, planning presentations for trial, and other tasks that usually happen only in a law firm or legal department. But working in legal support gives you skills beyond the day to day technical […]

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Being a good host: essentials for law office waiting rooms

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When a client enters the offices of a large law firm on the upper floor of a large downtown building and sees wall-to-wall cherry wood, uncomfortable-looking chairs, shelves of law books, and an empty reception desk staring back at them, they’re not likely to feel welcome or comfortable. Offered no […]

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How is the role of legal support staff changing?

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In the past, the duties of those who worked in the legal industry were pretty clearly defined. The lawyers represented the clients, the paralegals (sometimes known as legal assistants) assisted the lawyers with their cases, and the legal secretaries answered the phone and did clerical work. But thanks to the […]

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Shorthand is not dead: The power of effective note taking for legal professionals

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In this age of computers, smartphones, digital voice recorders, and so on is note taking even a necessary skill for legal professionals anymore? Legal professionals attend numerous meetings and rarely show up in the conference room without a notebook (a paper or electronic one), but do they actually take notes, […]

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