Job Title: Paralegal
Type of Company: I work for a law firm in Hartford, Connecticut. The firm specializes in commercial litigation and commercial real estate transactions.
Education: Briarwood College
Previous Experience: I worked as a paralegal at a small law firm to get a little experience and then moved to the firm I am in now.
Job Tasks: Word processing is a big part of my job. I draft all types of motions and correspondence each day. Being in contact with the clients and keeping them up-to-date with the status of their cases is also a big part of my job. I am responsible for keeping the attorneys apprised of the status of each file and up-to-date on hearings and trials. I open new files when they come into the office and prepare them for attorneys to review. I draft bankruptcy, collection, eviction and foreclosure pleadings. I am responsible for being up-to-date with all the newest rules and fees of the court and how to access their website and pleadings online. I am also responsible for e-filing all pleadings and making sure the pleadings that do not get e-filed, get to the court properly. I am responsible for research on cases. I am also responsible for travel arrangements for the attorneys I work for.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is that I have such a variety of things that come across my desk. I am never bored and I always have interesting work. No two cases are the same and I get to put the pieces together to make the case work and come out in our favor in the end. It is very interesting to see the different types of law that we use in our everyday lives.
The worst part of my job is having to foreclose on someone's house. We get a lot of people who do not pay their bills for one reason or another and they end up losing their homes, but sometimes you get someone who has a real hard-luck story and it is hard to see them foreclosed on.
Job Tips: I would have to say that word processing and computer skills are very important in this field. Try to learn as much as you can about that, since most of your day is spent drafting documents and using a computer. It is also important to find a type of law that you are interested in and learn more about that type, so when you are looking for a job, you can focus mainly on the types of law you are more interested in and know the most about.
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