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Although lawyers assume ultimate responsibility for legal work, they often delegate many of their tasks to paralegals. In fact, paralegals?also called legal assistants?are continuing to assume new responsibilities in legal offices and perform many of the same tasks as lawyers. Nevertheless, they are explicitly prohibited from carrying out duties considered to be within the scope of practice of law, such as setting legal fees, giving legal advice, and presenting cases in court.
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Legal Assistants Interview Questions

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What qualities do you feel are most important for a successful legal assistant?

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Organization, communication, efficiency and dedication.
 
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Knowledge, loyalty, teamwork, able to communicate well, eye for detail, able to think independently.
 
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Detail oriented, hard-worker, ability to quickly learn new things, handle few things at a time, positive attitude, good communication skills.
 
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Organization, communication, technology.
 
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Confident, work priopritise.
 
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Ability to answer to every question asked about the research done.
 
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Effective writing, attention to detail, reliability.
 
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Organization and ready at all times to face challenges.
 
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The most important qualities for a successful legal assistant would be knowing how to prioritize, adapting to a fast-paced work environment, and producing the most accurate results.
 
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They must be organized as there can be a lot of information provided to the assistant, and he or she must be able to input the data in proper forms or correspondence, and keep track of all documents relating to the file.
 

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#3 of 30

What is your greatest strength? Greatest weakness?

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My greatest strength would have to be my organisation skills and my ability to multi task while under pressure. Greatest weakness would be saying no to people to ask for assistance while I already have numerous tasks to undertake. I have learnt, while working at my work, to say no due to the already great number of tasks I have to accomplish.
 
2.
Strength is teamwork, multi tasking and handling stress. weakness is too focused.
 
3.
My strength is that im a hard worker and take pride in my work. I'm a perfectionist and deadline driven. My weakness is that I cant delegate.
 
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My greatest weakness is not being able to say "No" to co-workers, but in turn that has given me great time management skills.
 
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My greatest strength is my abilty to adabt in a ny situationfr ex an irate client mthorughout myh schooling nc cafrrier. Iy biggest weakness was public speaking I decided to takje a speech class at de anaza college and it heped me tremednedlsyh.
 
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Describe a situation in which you worked as part of a team. What role did you take on? What went well and what didn't?
 
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My greatest strength is my organization skills and my weakness is I place a lot of pressure on my self to complete all tasks given to me and if I am unable to complete the task I make sure I discuss with my attorney the time it will take to complete.
 
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My greatest strength is my organizational and research skills. My greatest weakness is self criticism to provide an error free work can be harsh occasionally.
 
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My greatest strength is my organizational and research skills. My greatest weakness is my criticism of my own work because I pride myself to produce an error free work. While it's beneficial to my job performance; it is possible to go to the extremes.
 
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My greatest strength is multitasking. My greatest weakness is organizing.
 

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#4 of 30

Do you enjoy working as part of a team?

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I believe that the linchpin for every great and successful company is the ability to work as a team.
 
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I do. I think working as part of a team, when every party involved is also actively involved can make things a lot more efficient and be a great learning experience in the sense that you can reinforce things you're really good at by helping others out or simply learn by watching others do.
 
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I am comfortable working with team or individual,
 
4.
I enjoy working on a team, and helping my co workers arrive at solutions.
 
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I do enjoy working as a team, but I am capable of working independantly too.
 
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I do enjoy being a part of a team, I feel like it opens your mind up to new ideas and expands the way you're able to learn.
 
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I am comfortable working as a team member and individual.
 
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Yes, I think being part of team is important in the work place.
 
9.
I do love working as a team. Honestly, I'm a expert at adapting, working in a team or on my own would not slow me down in any way.
 
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Of course, because you get to interact with others. And you get to hear ideas from others and the feedback they have towards your ideas.
 

Education Requirements

Most paralegals and legal assistants have an associateís degree in paralegal studies, or a bachelor's degree in another field and a certificate in paralegal studies. In some cases, employers hire college graduates with a bachelorís degree with no legal experience or education and train them on the job.

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#5 of 30

How do you check your work for accuracy?

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By how succesful my end result was and learning from my mistakes.
 
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I will review it, and if needed I will have another person review it as well.
 
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By looking it over and over and over, as well have another person take a look at it for a second set of opinions.
 
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I use the tools provided in the system and I also make sure I am working to the proper process and review work as I go to limit errors. I ask questions and if need ask for a second set of approved eyes to verify accuracy.
 
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I will always double check to make sure if has the correct and accurate information.
 
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I double check my work and if needed a have someone else review for me.
 
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I believe that depends on the specific situation, but making sure you're following guidelines, or the order in which something needs to be done, looking at prior work and making sure it's similar.
 
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When completing a task, I check the document for errors while still on the computer screen by checking grammar and spelling. I then like to print a draft of the document to see how the formatting looks prior to printing the final copy.
 
9.
Refer to my manager and ensure that it is according to what is required.
 
10.
Asking A co worker or the manager.
 

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#6 of 30

Why are you the best candidate for us?

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I am a best candidate because I am a hard worker, a team player, a good communicator and always willing to learn.
 
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Because I have demonstrated all of the skills required for the position and am certain I would be make a significant contribution to the team.
 
3.
I feel that I met all the requirements. I am a very loyal and dedicated employee.
 
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I have a strong desire to start my career in the legal field. I am very eager to learn and broaden my work experience and skills. I have worked in restaurants for the last several years which has given me great customer service skills and I am a very hard worker and extremely organized.
 
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I am currently an Executive Secretary and acting Audit and Finance Secretary which offers confidentiality, experience and well established relationships with Administration and the Govering Board members.
 
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I feel that my training and qualifications match the needs of your company. I also feel that I can learn and grow from my experience with this company as well as make a great contribution to the team.
 
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I have the skill and knowledge to benefit your company.
 
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I am the best candidate because of my Sr. Level work experience. I have a wide variety of expenence, including the private sector and have served as a JAA for the last 5 years to include assignment in Family Law, Juvenile and Probate.
 
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A legal assistant needs to be organised, meticulous, have a good eye for detail and can handle stress and pressure. I know that I have all of these skills and am the right candidate for the position.
 
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I believe I have the education, skills, and experience to do a great job for the firm.
 

Work Environment

Paralegals do most of their work in offices and law libraries. Occasionally, they travel to gather information and do other tasks. Most paralegals and legal assistants work full time.

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#7 of 30

How has your college degree prepared you to work in this firm?

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With a diploma in business management, I am very well prepared for this position. I believe that I am very well prepared to be a part of this commercial law firm based on my background in business management, not to mention my law degree.
 
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Yes my college degree has given me the knowledge to work in the legal field and with clients that are in need of legal services.
 
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It has help me gain useful tools and information that will put me ahead in this position.
 
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My college degree has prepared me to be organized, given me the skills to be a good communicator and researcher.
 
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It has prepared me by providing me with the knowledge and tools to work in a legal field.
 
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Describe a time when you feel you worked well in a team answer.
 
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It has prepared me by allowing me to become familiar with how the court system works, how to conduct legal research both in a library and on Westlaw/Lexis Nexis and how to draft motions.
 
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I have learned and practiced legal writing, which I find is necessary in the performance of legal assistant duties, before I had quit law school.
 
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My college prepared me that I interned at Dharmniti Law office about 2 months last year, so I fully expertise in client litigation, legal research, legal administration and maintaining funtional client relationship render me a suitable candidate for the position.
 
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The diligent and intensive nature of researching, writing, and analyzing details from broad spectrums has helped me become detail oriented and someone who has knowledge from innovative platforms.
 

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#8 of 30

How can you contribute to our firm?

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I can bring a positive additude to this firm along with my 10 years of experience in the legal field.
 
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By being totally dedicated, effectively and efficiently multi tasking and working with team members to achieve common company goals.
 
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My passion for immigration and those involved, in addition to complete understanding to the critical nature of every detail involved in immigration.
 
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Not only am I a very hard worker but I am a people person and believe that I make a positive difference in the lives of others easily and with pleasure. I am an optimist and truly try to find the good in any situation.
 
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I can contribute to your firm by offering communication, organizational, and research skills. I will work steady and timely and always keep a positive attitude to help motivate everyone I work with.
 
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With my skills and experiences I can be an asset to the company and assist in helping the company grow.
 
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I can contribute to the firm.
 
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I am a hard working, honest and loyal person who wants to contribute and learn as much as possible. I always work to the best of my abilities and give 100% effort into everything I do.
 
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Great team player, always eager to learn and will take pride in my work.
 
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I can contribute my organizational skills and my ability to work well in a group.
 

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#9 of 30

What are your long and short range career goals and objectives?

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My short term goal is to get a job as a legal assistant and the long term objective is to become a paralegal.
 
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To become sucessful in legal career.
 
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My short term career goal is to obtain a position with a good firm and long term is to keep working for the same firm, and learning every aspect and assisting the lawyers without needing to be assisted myself.
 
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My long career goals is to complete my LLB Degree to became an Attorney. My short goals is to work for Corporate Legal Company so i may gain experince when i complete my LAw Degree.
 
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I would like to eventually become an IP paralegal.
 
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In the short term I am looking to gain as much experience in the legal field as possible - to advance to the position of paralegal with increased pay and responsibilities. In the long term I have considered law school.
 
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My career goals are to work within a field that I am passionate for in addition to feeling as though my purpose is to work towards assisting community members in some shape or form.
 
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My short term goals are to find a firm that I am comfortable and happy working for. One that offers a friendly and positive environment so that I may learn and gain experience as well as contribute to with the best of my ability. My long term goal is to work and become a leader and a mentor, so that I can pass on my knowledge and be a role model for others.
 
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To be successful as a legal secretary.
 
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Long term goal is to finish my Legal Assistant Associate Decree, short term if given the opportunity, to learn the Civil Bench rules.
 

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#10 of 30

What two or three things are most important to you in a job?

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Number one is definitely the atmosphere, I believe its important for the work environment to be positive and influential. Another is room for growth.
 
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Passion, workplace politics, and overall objectives.
 
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Ability to interact and get along with my employer to have a ____________________working relationship flexibility 3.__________________________
 
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It is important to do my job right the first time, to be known as a team player, and to be known for getting my work ahead of schedule.
 
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Team players, an open door policy with my boss and a company that's diverse.
 
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Confidentiality, communication, priority.
 
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Flexibility, growth and challenge.
 
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Communication, appreciation and respect.
 
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Team player and organizational skills.
 
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Being happy/enjoying it. Having a good atmosphere. Making a difference.
 

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Top 10 Legal Assistant Interview Questions, selected from 30 questions by our visitors. Created on March 1st, 2016

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#11 of 30

How would you describe yourself?

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Positive, focused, energized, team player, goal orientated.
 
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A passionate person who brings a good attitude, hard work ethic, and follows through on assignments.
 
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I am a very compassionate person. I would do absolutely anything for the people closest to me. My family is the most important thing to me. I believe I make a positive difference in the lives of others by being positive and happy. I am a very organized person; maybe too organized sometimes.
 
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I would describe myself as an organized and stable person. I work hard at everything I put my mind to and I never leave anything unfinished. I have a great mentality about my career and I will do whatever it takes to reach my goals. I am very caring and I am able to work through any issues that may arise in the office. If I make a mistake I will always own it and fix it.
 
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A hard and honest hard working individual, who likes to make sure that her work is professional and pleasing.
 
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I would describe myself and very outgoing, compassionate, high energy and very positive. I am the type of person who sees the class half full.
 
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I am an organised, hard working and loyal person who is punctual, presentable and meticulous with everything I do. I always work to the best of my ability and go above and beyond with my work. I strive to achieve the best I possibly can. I also have a happy personality and am a very polite and well mannered person.
 
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I would describe myself as driven, smart, and detail-oriented.
 
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I am organised and professional.
 
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I'm an extrovert. I'm bubbly, i'm a relationship builder.
 

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#12 of 30

What have you learned from the other attorneys/paralegals you've spoken with today?

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I have learned a little about what it will take to be a part of this team. I have also learned how they work and what they would expect from me.
 
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I have learned that this is a great firm to work for based on their enthusiasm for their job.
 
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Dedication and passion doesn't make legal life easy. But determination does.
 
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I have learned the culture of the law and learned to do research about law.
 
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They seem to be part of a team.
 
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I have learned to draft, analyse, strategize and research.
 
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Helping families and children and the satisfication and gratification.
 
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That mostly you learn as you go. Experience is the best teacher.
 
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Hard work is a key for success.
 
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When you make a mistake, admit it straight away.
 

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#13 of 30

What goals, other than those related to your legal career, have you established for yourself for the next 10 years?

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In the next ten years I would like to have my student loans paid off and begin buying real estate. I want to be comfortable and be able to have college funds for my children. My oldest will be graduating in around ten years and I would like for him to be financially supported while he begins his journey.
 
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I have a goal of seeing both of my children successfully go off to college.
 
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Achieved good experience in HR
 
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Married, own property and completed my 2nd degree.
 
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I need to become a person who society should be proud of.
 
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To be healthy through fitness, be a great mother and own my own business.
 
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A desire to become a homeowner Travel To one day advocate or Lobby for one of the many causes I believe in.
 
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In ten years I want to have family and live in a house in my country. Till then I want to have established carrier and love what to do.
 
9.
Helping people - Cambodia voluntary work.
 
10.
Well I would like to be in a better place in my life than I am now of course. The goal is to keep growing more successful and to become better off than I was previously. I would like to be married then and have kids. I just want to be in a place in my life where I feel comfortable and I am happy and not stressed out so much about where I am going in my career. By then I would like to be in a place where I am happy and to be content with that.
 

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#14 of 30

Are your grades a good indication of your academic achievement?

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I feel my grades whether bad or good demonstrate the determination I have to reach a goal no matter the situation I am at.
 
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Yes. I was very determined to make good grades in school. I worked hard and met that goal.
 
3.
I have made mistakes before but I have worked hard to improve and learned from experience.
 
4.
No. I think that grades depends a bit on luck.
 
5.
Yes, for IP. But not necessarily, when I was a student I had to juggle between 2 jobs in order to be able to sustain myself. Therefore, I could not study as much as I should for exams.
 
6.
I think it depends. I know that if I were to go back to semester one I would have done a lot better. I know that some semesters I found the course load easier to handle and I was able to focus better and achieved better grades. However, some I did not and as a result my grades suffered. I think that the marks I have gotten then shouldn't reflect.
 
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The classes I cared about are. If you were to look at my transcript you'll see the math classes aren't as well because I didn't enjoy math. The classes I enjoyed tend to have better grades because I liked doing the work and learning in them.
 
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Yes and No. I feel that majority can show you that I was a good student but some not so much because you learn once you make a mistake and you don't get the chance to redo, only not do it next time so you still got the mark for doing it wrong although you now know how to do it write.
 

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#15 of 30

Do you understand the impact you, even as a legal assistant, will have on the lives of our clients?

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Yes, they successful application depends on me.
 
2.
Not only expensive legal costs but personal such as anxiety, high stress even depression for clients.
 
3.
Yes, I may be the first person at the law firm that the client will talk to so I must make sure to be precessional and friendly with any client even if some may get angry I need to talk to them and help them know that I understand and I am only trying to help.
 

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#16 of 30

What are the main components of a case file and what steps are carried out to file a case?

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Case files involves complete collection of every document in court in case. Case summerzing, material collection and organization, law research, witness scheduling. To file a cse you have to write a document(complaint or petition) and send it to court. You can do it by yourself, attorney can do it for you or in some countries on internet.
 
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A case file contains an initial complaint detailing the people involved in the case and notes about the case.
 
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Case filing involves may steps, it involves case summarizing, collection and organization of material, law research, scheduling witnesses, and team case review reports.
 
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Details of the clients and litigations.
 
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Discovery is the main component. First confirm there is no conflict to represent a client. Then get all the facts and discovery produced. Figure out what jurisdiction it should filed in.
 
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To strategize the case and to prepare a case form in keeping with the strategy.
 
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The main components of a case file and steps are to File a case Summarize the case Collect and organize materials for the case Research the law regarding this situation Schedule and speak with witnesses and all involved Team reviews the case.
 
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Date, participants, background, legal analysis.
 
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Accuracy and eye for details.
 
10.
Accuracy and eye for details.
 

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#17 of 30

What type of work environment would allow you do to your best work?

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I enjoy working autonomously and I look forward to receiving constructive feedback or pointers from my supervisor.
 
2.
Any kind of work environment.
 
3.
My ideal work environment is one that is adaptive. When necessary its easily handles fast paced work.
 
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I do well in all types of environment.
 
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Positive work environment also an environment which always encourages and motivates an employee to do better.
 
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Peaceful Clean and Productive with the tools necessary to complete the job.
 
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Positive work environment where co-workers are willing to help each other.
 
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Great colleagues and good team are the most important environment.
 
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A positive work environment. People who are happy, don't stress the small things, don't let their stress get to them so that they lash out at people, people who listen to others ideas and an area where people want to help eschother,.
 
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I feel one where the workload is not TOO much but not enough. Say I have 12 things due in the next 2, I will still do my best but I can do my best work when say I have around 6-7 due so I can reAlly focus.
 

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#18 of 30

Why did you leave your last position?

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I wanted to expand myself and face new challenges.
 
2.
Its a routine work where not much development and exploring was done.
 
3.
My husband had got a job in the UK so I had to relocate with him so I had to leave my previous job.
 
4.
L was let go It was a difference of opinion and I decided I was no longer a good fit for that position. Ultimately we both agreed.
 
5.
Because my husband got me visa for Qatar.
 
6.
3 months ago because I undertook 4 subjects at university.
 
7.
The last position I had to leave because it was a co op and they didn't have a job opening at the time. The position I haven't left but was looking for different work so I could learn new skills and move on and up as I can't in this current position.
 

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#19 of 30

Can you give me an example of a situation where you demonstrated an eye for detail?

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In current job the advert placed online had grammatical issues, once checked informed the concerned department to rectify and follow up until sorted.
 
2.
In a case law, where the details are all over the place without proper timeline shown.
 
3.
Our counsel had settled a draft and I had to carry out the changes given by him and also to proof read the document. While doing so, it is required to check the draft word by word so that you do not miss on something essential.
 
4.
When my superior was asking that I look over travel arrangements made for the management team, a body of members, I noticed that the transportation was extravagant and not budget friendly. I politely brought it to her attention and she agreed. Resulting in a change that was more appropriate to what would be more inline with what elected officials using tax dollars should be seen in when meeting press and more cost effective.
 
5.
Always when I am writing documents, specially on computer.
 
6.
I found a numbering mistake in a document.
 
7.
Reporting filing particulars and various applications.
 
8.
Yes, when I was doing mail merge in word. I had and eye for detail of double checking surnames .
 
9.
Exits that were mixed up on a motion that I corrected.
 
10.
Yes, will getting ready to enter all patrol schedules I noticed wrong dates entered on spread sheet. I reconfirmed with the seargent before entering it into the computer .
 

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#20 of 30

What subject did you like the most at school? Why?

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Leadership and management.
 
2.
Maths. It has a set of formula, but you have many ways to answer the question.
 
3.
Corporate law and banking law. These subject I had interest in.
 
4.
Case study. I am fun in reseaching.
 
5.
History because it explains today.
 
6.
I enjoyed history the most. It gives a sense of what came before and the capability to learn from errors of the past.
 

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#21 of 30

How familiar are you with the law we practice at our firm, or the law I specialize in?

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I am very familiar with commercial litigation.
 
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I am familiar with it to an extend. Also I am always open to learn.
 
3.
In law school I got basic knowledge on every law field. Your firm practice a lot of corporate law and its specialties. I am familiar with basic knowledge of tat kind of area. You also practice intellectual property law, I wrote a master's thesis from trademarks.
 
4.
Extremely well, as you can see in my CV.
 
5.
I have worked primarily in the field for the last 27 years.
 
6.
I am not too far familiar seeing as I went to school for paralegal I did not learn about corporate law, real estate, nor wills and estates but I am happy to jump in and learn as well as researching everything on my on time.
 

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#22 of 30

How do you manage your research work considering there is so much to look through?

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Read up the most relevant ones.
 
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I look up for the key words and read the decision pronounced in the judgment.
 
3.
I try to find what is the most important in all the research.
 
4.
Find the key words, try to summarize the key points in the documents.
 
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Brainstorming, scan and skim all the information until the relevant ones.
 
6.
I just do it step by step, I know how to research, I make sure I figure out what I am going to research first and I find that then I will go onto the next, I have not done much researching other than in school or my time at JBC
 

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#23 of 30

How do you deal with sensitive or confidential information?

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Ensure that those who have access to it doesn't leak out the information via any means.
 
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Awareness of your surrounding and know that a non-disclosure agreement has to be signed when it is appropriated.
 
3.
I would not discuss the information with anyone.
 
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I know I have to keep it to myself. I never bring my work home. What is in the office stays there.
 
5.
I believe that it is exactly what it is confidential.
 
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By not talking about it or showing it to any not associated with the case. And also keeping it put up when not working on it.
 
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I know that everything in the legal field is confidential. I would never tell anyone about the details that I deal with or see at work other than coworkers who already know.
 

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#24 of 30

Can you give me an example of a situation where you needed to deal with multiple priorities at once and how you deal with it?

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I have to set deadlines and manage my time accordnigly.
 
2.
Look through which needs extreme priority attention and get to work.
 
3.
I first try and do a task which I can do quickly. In the mean time I would request one of my colleague to help in the other task.
 
4.
I was writting a documents that should be submmit to court by tomorrwo. A client come inquiring for sth. Then I answered her questions. And did my job within the same day through work overtime.
 
5.
Negotiation with the United States army - dealing in English and French - and liaising with a high level of stakeholders.
 
6.
According to deadlines. Which deadline comes first would be the one that would demand the priority.
 
7.
Yes by prioritize the importance of each priority.
 
8.
Well I was at JBC alone for awhile and I would answer the phones and clients walk ins as well as doing plaintiff claims. I would work on the plaintiffs claims as much as could and when a client would come in to pay rent I would simply stop and help them and continue back with my work as they left, and the same with telephone calls.
 

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#25 of 30

How has your education prepared you to work for us?

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The mindset development that I gain during my education period.
 
2.
I have studied law so with that knowledge I can contribute my knowledge for the growth of this firm.
 
3.
Legal education, case analysis skill.
 
4.
Master in IP for the theories and for the practice I did an internship.
 

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#26 of 30

Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Legal Assistant?

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To continuously improve myself both professional and ethical in the legal field and acquire the best training and mentor ship needed to work in a fast paced environment.
 
2.
I enjoy helping people and learning new things. The Legal Assistant field offers the best opportunity for both.
 
3.
Improve knowledge skills in legal.
 
4.
A stepping stone into becoming a lawyer.
 
5.
Since my previous roles and responsibilities our similar to the role of a legal assistant, so I decided to pursue a career as a legal assistant.
 
6.
I am qualified for that position and I want to learn more and I know I have to start from the beginning.
 
7.
I enjoy working with legal documents.
 
8.
I always found that it was an interesting field. My skills and attention to detail are well suited to the legal field.
 
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In high school, I took law in grade 11 and 12 and I loved it, I loved studying and I knew everything on tests. I also loved history but I couldn't see what career I could get with that. I knew I wanted to get into the legal field so I went to college for paralegal and I am not a licensed paralegal I only have the knowledge and I felt that legal assistant was a good way to work in the legal field.
 

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#27 of 30

Do you work well under pressure?

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Yes, some of my best work has been done while under pressure.
 
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Yes, I believe my ability to prioritize my work and stay organized help me to do that.
 
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Yes, it is very common to work under pressure in a legal environment.
 

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#28 of 30

How do you handle stressful situations?

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I strive to maintain a positive, calm, focused mind while I work on getting the problem solved.
 
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Client interactions, attending board meetings and.
 
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Peacefully and calm going.
 
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By eating foods and listening to music.
 
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I handle stressful situations by first making a list of things I have to do. I then prioritize the work based on the urgency.
 
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Go straight to the point. Stress does not help to achieve our goal.
 
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Calmly try to maintain control and not become frustrated.
 

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#29 of 30

What are you doing to better yourself as a Legal Assistant?

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I try to work better and try to compete with myself.
 
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If the opportunity presents itself. I would take courses.
 

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#30 of 30

Tell us about a time you had to handle a difficult client.

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The client required certain documents at a short period of time and I used my great verbal communications skills to tell them the time and great attention to detail the document needed in order to be completed efficiently.
 
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In various scenarios the client was under pressure, had made the client calm and understand the situation in detail by convincing them in related issues.
 
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Difficult client varies from a situation to another. The tactic to deal with one of the difficult client require a deep understanding of his situation before proceeding with any required actions.
 
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We had a filed a case on behalf of a beneficiary of a trust against the appointment of the trustees and sale of the immovable property by them. Our client was aged and also suffering from a number of disease, so was on high dose of medication. There were times that the case was getting adjourned for some reason beyond our control but our client used to always blame us and question our ability. It was difficult to convince her that we were doing our best to get her justice.
 
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I always listen and than politly tell the company's policy.
 
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Meet client's needs: plastic spoon to replace a scrached metal spoon.
 
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Stay calm and show empathy then understand its issues before being able to offer solutions.
 
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A client came into the office threatening the receptionist and being very rude and abusive about the progress of his case. I intercede and assertained why he was upset and explained the process to him as best I could. I understand that most individuals understand how the legal process works.
 
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A defendant was up set that his case was reset by the state. I always think it's helpful listen before I answer so it lets them know I want to be helpful to their concerns.
 
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