I have been a paralegal or legal assistant for over twenty years, and I am still very passionate about the work that I do. I am certified by the National Association of Legal Assistants (“NALA”) and I also hold an advanced certification or specialty from NALA in the area of civil litigation. Additionally, I have a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Alliant International University, San Diego, California. Prior to my NALA certifications, I obtained an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies. It is amazing how much the field has expanded and evolved since I went to paralegal school.
After more than two decades, I am still very excited about the career — so much so, I have decided to develop a website dedicated to facilitating and discussing it. Besides providing a discussion forum, this website also provides those who visit with resource tools. Paralegalbase.com is still relatively new and the team is working to provide resource tools for all 50 states. (An exciting update—resource links for all 50 states are now in place!)
New exciting update—for all my Canadian readers or visitors, I have now provided links to Canadian Courts of the Provinces on Paralegal Base as well. Select “Other Resources” and you will find it!
For those who happened to stumble upon this website, I hope you will stay a while to get to know this exciting career choice. According to data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, job and employment outlook for paralegals or legal assistants are still strong through the year 2020. The mean wages are pretty good as well. The titles paralegal and legal assistant are often used interchangeably by attorneys. Take it from me, it is not that difficult to become a paralegal. You only need to be dedicated, and have a positive attitude. I am in the process of completing a publication, which is focused on helping you with this journey, should you decide to become a paralegal. Stay tuned for further update.
One of the essential elements of choosing a career, besides doing something you enjoy, of course, is how much money you can make, and how much school and time it takes to achieve your goal. With recent reports about the burden of student loan debts, there are many articles on the web that provide research data about which careers to pick and which to avoid, all because we realistically need to make a decent living. There are many such reports that have stated that the paralegal field has decent earning potential. Education and training to be a paralegal or legal assistant also offer flexibility. You can choose from a 2-year or a 4-year program, and more recently, a master degree. Once again, more details are forthcoming.
If you are someone who has thirst for knowledge, becoming a paralegal is a terrific choice. Based upon personal experience, I find myself learning all the time. Even on tasks that you have been doing often, there is a better and more efficient way to accomplish something, simply because, every case is different. Every firm client is unique, and has different sets of reporting requirements or guidelines to follow. Additionally, the firm’s clients are from various industries, and I marvel at the market niches these entities have carved out for themselves. Simply fascinating!
Over the course of twenty years, I have on many, many occasions been asked to research a company, or a pending litigation in a different jurisdiction or state. There have also been times when I had to locate real property, documents, and recordings in different states. When that happens I find myself surfing the Internet from one state website to another. Often I find myself thinking, how nice it would be if there is a central location, a hub where I can access this information quickly. After all, our “bread and butter” is really about billing. And being efficient increases our productivity, which translates to increased billable time and in turn, higher cash realization.
And now, you have found that hub. A hub for paralegals or legal assistants, legal secretaries, lawyers or simply anyone who desires to use the resources. The best part is, there is no subscription required.
As I launch this website, I will begin with resources state by state, and expand to perhaps include title companies, legal process servers, court reporters, e-discovery vendors as well as resources for expert witnesses.
This plan might seem a bit ambitious, but I am committed to providing a resource-friendly website for the convenience of those who are interested to check it out.