In early 2002, I attended a legal employment training program, that taught individuals some of the skills needed to work in the legal field. Through the training program, participants interviewed at three separate law firms in order to be placed in a three month internship. I interviewed at three different law firms, and I obtained a position as a file clerk for a busy trial team handling construction defect cases. The law firm told me that there was not any possibility to be hired permanently, so I planned to learn everything that I could in the short time that I was there.
As a file clerk, I was responsible for distributing the mail, faxes, and pleadings that came to the attorneys. I read everything I could get my hands on. Because I showed a lot of initiative, I received lots of training and projects from a legal secretary and a paralegal manager. Because I really loved the people, the environment, and the work that I was doing, I decided to go to night school and become a paralegal. It was great because I was learning how to be a paralegal at night, and practicing the skills by day.
Because I proved myself and showed them that I was eager to learn and highly motivated, after the internship was over, I was offered a full-time position as a file clerk. I was thrilled.
In December 2003, I obtained my Paralegal Certificate. I asked to be promoted to Paralegal within my firm, and in early 2004, they promoted me to paralegal and gave me a small increase in pay. I’ve been doing paralegal work ever since and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love my profession.
P.S. The training program no longer exists, due to lack of funding.
How about you? How did you become a paralegal?