SlideShare Presentation: What are the trends impacting the paralegal profession?

Posted on 07-16-2014 by
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What are the key trends that are effectively shaping, and perhaps creating new opportunities, for paralegals? According to a SlideShare presentation titled New Paradigms and Legal Industry Trends Affecting Paralegals, attorney John N. Zarian identified a general paradigm shift for paralegals, as well as useful questions a paralegal should ask him or herself in shaping their new paradigm.

The General Paradigm Shift for Paralegals

  • Take ownership!
  • Shift from project based to team-based.
  • Understand your unique role on team.
  • Adapt to your law firm, attorneys, practice areas.

�Questions to Ask in Yourself in Shaping Your New Paradigm(s)

  • Do I understand the overall mission?
  • Do I understand the work styles and needs of the attorneys that I support?
  • Am I contributing to making the attorneys that I work with and my firm successful?
  • Do I have the skills that I will need to be effective in the future (5 or 10 years)?
  • How can I be proactive in light of the overall legal industry trends?

What does it all mean?

According to his presentation, Mr. Zarian expresses how paralegals mastering the concepts around this paradigm shift can better align themselves with the overarching, and emerging trends and changes that are shaping the legal industry, such as:

  • Technology & Software.
  • E-Discovery.
  • Social Networking.
  • Changing Law Firms.
  • Virtual Law Firms.
  • Globalization & Outsourcing.
  • Alternative Billing Models.
  • New/Growing Practice Areas.
  • Changing Work Force.

Are there any trends that you think are relevant to add? We’d love to hear from the paralegal community or our attorneys who work with paralegals in their firm or organization.

The above article is an excerpt of the SlideShare presentation New Paradigms and Legal Industry Trends Affecting Paralegals.

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