Monday, March 26, 2007

Book Recommendation: Behind the Bar

If you've ever wondered what it's really like to be a litigation paralegal, pick up a copy of Behind the Bar: Inside the Paralegal Profession, by Catherine Astl. A Certified Legal Assistant, Astl details her experience working for several different attorneys, including her husband, as she found her niche and worked with different personalities. She has spent most of her time as a litigation paralegal, which is reflected in the book.

It does read like a novel, and in addition to her experience, Astl offers tips to be organized and how to find your own niche. She also describes working in different areas of law, such as family law, criminal law, personal injury, and bankruptcy. A fascinating account of life as a paralegal, it's a quick, easy read for those looking for more information on the profession or thinking of switching their specialty.

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