Gaining Experience in the Paralegal Field

  • Thursday, May 30, 2013 1:44 PM
    Message # 1305632
    Deleted user
    I am currently in school for paralegal and only have 2 semesters left. I noticed when I browse the internet for job openings most all of them want you to have experience. My question is does anyone know what I can do to gain that experience while i'm still in school? I currently work full time and am making more money now then most beginning Paralegals do. I was thinking of contacting some law firms and asking if i can volunteer on Saturdays just so that i can gain the knowledge and experience. Does anyone think this is a good idea? or does anyone know any law firms that could use a free had on occasion?
  • Tuesday, June 04, 2013 4:50 PM
    Reply # 1309485 on 1305632
    Deleted user

    I would suggest you 1) contact your school regarding internships offered on weekends 2) beef up your resume and send it out to law firms in your area along with a cover letter requesting to intern on the weekends and 3) come to HPA’s Career Day/Mock Interview on June 22nd.   We will have lots of information to provide you regarding finding a position in the legal field as well as free advice from paralegals attending as aids, recruiters and current HR people in the legal field.  Great time to make some new contacts!  Hope to see you there, go to the events section on HPA’s site to register. 

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:50 PM
    Reply # 1322186 on 1305632
    Deleted user
    Thank you I will definitely take your advice. If anyone happens to come across an attorney's office that could use a hand please let me know.
  • Friday, June 28, 2013 9:10 AM
    Reply # 1329068 on 1305632
    You do not have to wait until you graduate to start preparing yourself for your first paralegal job.  You should attend HPA events to get to know other working paralegals.  Make up business cards with your contact information and pass them out.  Working paralegals know before placement agencies when positions open up and they will let you know about new positions and are also a valuable resource for knowledge regarding these firms/companies.  You should also now began building your work wardrobe.  Most firms still have a dress code and it will be less of a financial hit on your pocketbook if you start now.  Also, you may have to interview multiple times with the same firm, so you may need more than one interview suit/outfit.  Along with your resume, start working on your portfolio. Include writing samples from your written assignments.  If your written skills are strong, this could impress a firm to hire you despite your lack of experience.  Also, ask for letters of recommendations from your instructors and include these in your portfolio.


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