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Title: In Making the Law Clear, Legal Research is Necessary

No one can interpret the law but law professionals. As an individual plying his/her trade in the legal industry, you know how important this is. It may seem unimportant, but precedents, decisions, and historical significance of laws and cases are crucial in society. Note that we said society, because the effect of the law spans society-wide. There is no entity that exists without complying with laws. Furthermore, it’s important that people who have a working knowledge of the law must conduct the research. In short, it falls on the hands of lawyers and other legal practitioners to dig up information, analyze case outcomes, and reinforce the relevance of current laws. This way, you use your legal acumen for tasks other than fighting for people’s rights. For Personal and Public Use Lawyers can only accept legal work to a certain extent. Nonetheless, having the skills to perform competent legal research will benefit their private and public ventures. A wider spectrum of knowledge can only help a lawyer when fighting cases. The aforementioned precedents are vital, and in unique cases, it can help in imposing accurate decisions. On the other hand, lawyers who conduct an academic research can use advanced legal research skills. In many ways, academic legal research helps make new laws. Not only do research studies consolidate knowledge that would be otherwise scattered, it already has a purpose. If anything, it helps the theory part of court cases and new laws. At The Center for Legal Studies, you will become a proficient legal researcher. Whether you are a lawyer or another kind of legal practitioner, your productivity and efficiency will improve drastically with a honed nose for inquiry. The Legal Part of Everything The law affects everything. From contracts to ideas, there are ways laws influence things. To be more adept in the legal side of everything, come to The Center for Legal Studies. We will help you, through... Read more

Preparing For What Law School Brings: Learning

Preparing for law school is not a matter of packing the right school supplies. It is a matter of having the capacity to pack your mind with information, retaining and using it to the best of your abilities. If you are looking to enter the world of lawyering, let us here at The Center for Legal Studies list not what you’ll need at the first day of class, but what you should already have the moment you sit down to take the bar examination. Here are the first three core skills, values, knowledge, and experience your legal education should provide you, as outlined by the American Bar Association: Problem Solving Analysis is the cornerstone of law practice. Your career will revolve around sifting facts, comparing them, and determining which holds more water. You need to be able to think in and out of the box with ease, as every case demands a perspective that is efficient, learned, and true. Critical Reading We won’t sugarcoat it: there are several libraries’ worth of reading for you to power through. Law students have to spend most of their days reading, understanding, and remembering the law and the academe’s insights on it. You will learn techniques that make this process much easier, but nothing is better than having the discipline to allow yourself to take the law to heart straight from the pages. Writing and Editing Building a case is no one-sitting matter. It is an act of building in every sense of the word. Having absolute command of every tenet of the law pays off here. You should be able to write immaculate reprocessing of the law without breaking a sweat, but definitely taking a few breaks. These are the skills you will develop while studying law, carrying over to your practice and your daily life. Problem solving, critical reading, writing, and editing skills benefit people in any manner of profession. For... Read more

Paralegals: More Than Just a Glorified Secretary

The common depiction of paralegals is never flattering. They’ve been regularly depicted as the lawyer’s or attorney’s right hand man, and this involves doing all the menial tasks that they simply don’t have time to do. Worse, there’s always this general consensus that there’s no advancement in their profession, and that it’s a legal dead end for lack of a better word. But, how true are these stereotypes exactly? The Paralegal Profession: A Respectable Field Becoming a paralegal isn’t ‘easier’ than becoming a lawyer or attorney. In fact, what you’ll learn will be more or less the same as your ‘higher’ peers. The main difference is that lawyers will have to take the bar exam to practice law, while you, the paralegal, only need to have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree. This means you’ll be doing more of the background work as far as legal proceedings go, but you can be registered and certified. Now, the common misconception of the paralegal profession is that you’ll only be doing menial tasks as dictated by your job description. While there’s no denying that some of the things you’ll do will be trivial at best, your tasks are generally very challenging. You may have to handle some of the issues and paperwork that the run-of-the-mill legal assistant can’t handle, and this is where your expertise will shine. You’ll also be directly assisting lawyers and attorneys, which is not exactly a simple job to do. They aren’t your bosses; they’re your counterparts. Whatever work they won’t or can’t do, such as filing paperwork for cases, you’ll be responsible in making the entire process seamless. How’s that for trivial work? Opportunities and Benefits The paralegal profession is a respectable field that is just as rewarding as being a lawyer or attorney. While you obviously won’t start out earning a lot of money (as all entry level jobs do), it’s not a far-fetched idea that... Read more

Paralegals, Technology and the Firms of the Future

Today’s paralegal is taking on a more active role than ever before, particularly when it comes to the technology that is now part of the legal landscape. Here’s a look at the evolving role of paralegals in a firm’s technology. The role of a paralegal in simple terms is to help their attorneys do their jobs as much as they possibly can. With technology becoming more commonly used in everything from research to document production, it’s only natural that a paralegal is constantly accessing it in order to do his or her job more effectively. Because of this direct link between a paralegal’s daily job and the technology available, it was only a matter of time before they became more of a driving force behind a firm’s technological choices. They are the workers who use the technology and are among the most affected by it, so they are often viewed as the most knowledge people about it in the firm as a result. With great power comes great responsibility, and this is certainly true when it comes to a paralegal’s influence on tech matters. The right choices will help the firm adapt for the future and improve overall efficiency. The wrong choices can have the complete opposite effect, harming productivity and making the jobs of everyone in the firm more difficult. If you’re wondering how today’s new paralegals prepare themselves for this future responsibility, the short answer is research, practice and education. Your online paralegal training is certainly a big help here, but you’ll also need to consider the areas that you can only prepare for with some firsthand experience. Set Yourself Some Goals Get ahead of the game and start familiarizing yourself with the available tech programs and online resources for the legal field you want to work in now. Make learning each resource and program a goal, and evaluate them as you go. Evaluation is especially important... Read more

Do You Need an MBA to Succeed in Your Career?

The business landscape changes with each new innovation or opening of a new market. The skills you have may become obsolete within a few years. In such cases, adapting to the demands of your industry will enable you to keep or gain a competitive advantage. Getting a master’s degree will allow you to develop new skills and move up the corporate ladder. Why Get an MBA With the breakdown of international barriers and trade agreements, you will not only compete with colleagues at home, but also with the best minds in Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe. The skills you have now may no longer be useful in a few years. To stay competitive, you must stay abreast of the latest trends in your industry. One of the best ways to improve your skills and gain new insights is to get an MBA. MBA programs follow certain structures based on the field you want to master, whether it is in marketing or finance. The program you choose will hone and upgrade your current skills, allowing you to stay competitive and gain new insights about your chosen field. You also get to network with colleagues and prospective business partners. The connections you make help strengthen your organization and broaden your market reach. A graduate degree also helps entrepreneurs. It enables them to see a different perspective about their business, increase their knowledge, and gain skills that will allow them to overcome potential problems. Before you get an MBA, you must take the GMAT. Most graduate programs require prospective students to submit their GMAT score before admission. The Center for Legal Studies provides a preparation program for prospective graduate students. The GMAT has four sections: integrated reasoning, verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing. Our online course has two sets — one is to prepare you for the analytical writing and verbal section of the GMAT, and the other is for the quantitative... Read more
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