Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Helpful Resources for Legal Assistants


Whether you’d like to become a Legal Assistant, you’re currently in a program, or you’re a new Graduate looking for an edge over the competition, there are many good reasons to do some additional research on the subject above and beyond what you are shown in class. So to help you on your quest for knowledge, we’ve compiled a resource list that will help you navigate the job market and give you more background knowledge on the profession. Let’s jump right in:

Web Resources:

  • Indeed - review Legal Assistant job descriptions to get a better idea of the job responsibilities [link]
     
  • Robert Half 2016 Salary Guide for the Legal Field - conducted by a top recruitment firm, this report breaks down salary ranges by city and experience so you can confidently negotiate your salary in the recruitment process [link]
     
  • Service Canada - this Government of Canada website provides general description of the NOC 4211 category which includes Paralegals and related occupations [link]
     
  • 50 Essential Business Tips for Every Lawyer - this article, posted on The Canadian Bar Association website is tailored for lawyers but contains a handful of useful tips that Legal Assistants can benefit from [link]
It’s always a good idea to keep yourself up-to-date with the Law Society in your province. The Law Society  websites contain legal resources, news, regulations, and links to Law publications relevant to every type of practice. You can even find information letting you know how you can apply for scholarships if you are interesting in becoming a legal assistant.

Books:

  • Paralegal and Legal Assistant Career: The Insider’s Guide to Finding a Job at an Amazing Firm, Acing The Interview & Getting Promoted – Anne Johnson
    If you need guidance on the ins-and-outs of career management, this is a fabulous and compact resource. Covering important topics such as how to build a network, and how to sell yourself effectively, and even what types of personalities suit the Legal Assistant profession, you’re bound to find yourself on the right track after reading this book.
  • Career as a Paralegal: Legal Assistant – Institute for Career Research
    This very short book is great for those who are interested in the field of law and want to know more about what a career as a Legal Assistant entails. It covers a lot of ground in just 32 pages, so if you’re thinking about pursuing a Legal Assistant program but want to do some research first, this book is a great place to start.
  • Legal Break-In: Get That Legal Secretary, Legal Assistant, or Paralegal Job! – L. R. Williams
    This book is well organized and condenses a lot of information into 96 pages, and is great for someone who has graduated from a Legal Assistant program and wants some additional guidance on where to go from there. It covers the technical expertise required to excel in the field, as well as great info on interview questions and answers, and advice on networking.
  • Law Office Skills – Linda L. Edwards
    This book is particularly helpful for those who are just beginning in the Legal Assistant field. Heralded as a great ‘Survival Guide’, it covers great basics such as how to answer the phone and create a professional and effective voicemail greeting, as well as necessary skills such as time management and file management.
If you’re eager to learn more about being a Legal Assistant and what it takes to excel in the industry, these lists are a great place to begin your research. You’re bound to find some helpful insights no matter where you are in your career journey and I hope that you find something that enriches your experience and helps you on your path to the future you want.

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