What Are the Skills and Responsibilities of a Patent Docket Specialist?

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Patents are a significant aspect of the U.S. legal system, and the lawyers who specialize in patent law require trained assistants to help them with the day-to-day process. This is where the role of a Patent Docket Specialist comes in. Patent docketing is a method for tracking and managing applications for patents. There are exceptional…

Pro Bono Work Helps a Paralegal’s Career

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Can pro bono work help your paralegal staff and their career development? Not only can it improve their experience, but it can be an important part of your community outreach program. The National Federation of Paralegal Associations actually includes a requirement that each of their paralegal members contribute at least 24 hours of pro bono…

Project Management Software Increases Billable Hours

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Law firms, like many other client services industries, rely on billable hours to ensure they are being paid for the work they’ve done. But everyone understands that the billable hours aren’t always a reflection of the actual hours worked by all of your employees across the board. So how can you make sure your billable…

Can You Help Your Legal Career by Sitting Near the Office Superstar?

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It’s true, success can be contagious. So if you want to advance your legal career, you may want to spend more time with the current office superstar. A recent study in the tech industry showed that when a poor performing employee was sitting near a high achiever, the poor performing employee did a much better…

A Guide to Becoming a Legal Secretary

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What is your current career path? Are you considering a role as a legal secretary but don’t know where to start? Especially in the Washington DC area, these jobs are in high demand and many firms are looking for qualified legal secretaries who will fit in with their current team and office environment. If you’ve…

Is Your Law Firm Prepared for a Ransomware Attack?

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You probably know just enough about information security to understand that big data is under attack. But there are a variety of concerns a company should have, and one of them needs to be Ransomware. What is this and how can it affect your firm? It sounds like something out of a bad movie, but…

4 Ways to Become a Thought Leader in the Legal Industry

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Your path to a legal career is easy, right? You go to school to get the proper skills for a support role or you continue on to graduate school for a position as a lawyer. But, as it turns out, this isn’t the only path to success in the legal industry. And today, more than…

How Can a Paralegal Job Candidate Get Prior Experience?

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It’s the age old question. You’ve gone to school to improve your career opportunities but you can’t find a job in your new field without previous experience. What happens now? Becoming a paralegal isn’t a small feat, so you will certainly want to find a way to land that first paralegal job opportunity to use…

Is the Open-Office Format Right for Your Law Firm?

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There is a lot of talk in corporate environments about open-office spaces. Have you considered this as an option for your law firm? The idea behind an open office is to skip the idea of private offices and allow everyone to work out in the open, encouraging collaborative efforts. How do you determine if an…

Become More Productive in Your Legal Career

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Your legal career can be made or broken by your ability to stay organized and on top of tasks each week. But can you make a plan to become even more productive? There are some simple tricks you can use to enhance your overall productivity and performance and demonstrate to your employer that you’re a…