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Life Lessons from a Paralegal

by Law Library on 2019-04-22T08:00:00-05:00 | Comments

Sometimes you have to rush. Mistakes will be made, and that’s okay. Don’t be too hard on yourself when this happens. Whether the person you work gave you a task last minute, or you simply lost track of time, sometimes things have to get done at the last minute and there’s nothing you can do about it. You have to do it, and you have a deadline. So, get over trying to be perfect, and just get the job done. 

Don’t pretend you know what you’re talking about if you don’t. It won’t make you look smarter, believe me. If anything, you’ll look dumber. If you don’t know what something is, look it up. If you can’t figure it out, ask someone. Whoever you work for and with won’t judge you, and if they do, they’re jerks. We’re all learning, and it’s perfectly okay to admit you don’t know something, especially when you’re just starting out. So just ask what the heck that something is, and you’ll feel better in the long run. 

It’s okay to remind people of things and for people to remind you of things. Just be nice about it, and on the flip side don’t take it to hard if you need a little reminder. We all have a lot going on, and sometimes it’s hard to remember everything, even when it’s written on the calendar. So, go ahead and set that extra tickler notification, ask your coworker to remind you of that thing, and remind your office manager you need that task done. Teamwork makes the dream work. 

Everybody is going through something. The rude law clerk on the line, the coworker giving a little too much sass, and the opposing client that won’t give any cooperation. Be nice to the mean people, even if they’re not being nice to you. They’re probably going through a lot, just like you are or have been at one point. Even if they aren’t and they’re just mean, still be nice. You never know what kind of opportunities that will grant you in the future. 

Casual Fridays make a difference. There’s something about coming to work in jeans just makes you feel a little less stressed out at the end of the week. It helps you mentally prep for the next week and makes the office feel a little less stuffy. Casual Fridays make the last day of the week feel a little less like any other day, and in a weird way give a little motivation to get some of those extra office chores done. 

-Victoria Silletti, MS-LS Candidate 2020

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