Paralegals :: Top 10 Paralegal Skills

top 10 paralegal skills

Confession: I’m not a paralegal, nor have I ever worked in a law office. That said, every day the company I work for interacts with and assists paralegals and legal assistants from across the country. We’ve built long-standing relationships with these dedicated and driven individuals, and we’ve come to appreciate who they are and the challenges they face on a daily basis.

For the past several years, we’ve been interviewing some of our favorite paralegals for our monthly newsletter, the Alert. One of the questions we always pose is, “What skills are most important to your position?” While some of these paralegals work for small, boutique firms and others can be found assisting attorneys at some of the world’s largest law firms, their answers are always similar in nature.

Here are the top 10 skills our paralegal friends say are a must in order to succeed:

  1. Organization
  2. Time Management
  3. Multi-tasking
  4. Flexibility
  5. Communication
  6. Attention to Detail
  7. Thirst for Knowledge
  8. Self Starter
  9. Responsiveness
  10. Technology Skills

If you’re a paralegal, what skills do you find are essential in order to be successful at your job?

 

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