Finding What Works: Dealing with Autism

Finding What Works: Dealing with Autism

When dealing with autism, just as in most other disorders, you will be faced with a number of treatment options for yourself or your child. These include treatments that are educational, behavioral, biomedical, nutritional, and sensory. Unfortunately, for patients who are not affluent or who do not have good medical insurance, the cost of these treatments can be pricier than what they can afford. One way to ensure that you or your child receives the best possible treatment for autism is to carefully monitor the effects a treatment has over time. By finding out which treatments work and which do not, you can stop paying for the ineffective methods and put more of your money into those which are creating a positive difference.

First, evaluate the abilities of the autistic individual before treatment begins. To do this, many services and organizations, including the Autism Research Institute, provide a checklist of evaluation points that focus on behavior and illnesses associated with autism. Autistic individuals tend to have increasing functionality as they mature, so remember that some of the positive effects in his or her life are simply due to the natural growth process. However, after two months fill out the checklist once again and compare it to the first. Are there any sharp positive increases in behavior characteristics? If so, this is more likely due to the treatment.

It is important to begin only one treatment method at a time. If you try everything at once instead, good and bad effects may cancel one another out, or even if the effect is totally positive, you will not know which treatment method is causing it and which are not doing anything. Of course, past studies can help you choose which methods to use, but because autism is an extremely complicated and individual disorder, these studies are not always helpful. Also, some treatments are so new that the studies done are only on short-term effects, which is usually unhelpful. Instead, it is a process of trial and error. Two months is a good amount of time to study the differences within an autistic individual trying a new treatment. After two months, if you do not see positive improvement, you can discontinue your use of that particular method and better invest your money in treatment options that work.

Remember that you do not always have to wait two months to make choices about whether to continue or discontinue a treatment method. If the side effects of a medication, for example, are interfering with the patient’s life in an unbearable way, then you should discontinue the treatment. You can also make continual treatments based on immediate good reactions-just remember to continually monitor the various methods. Autistic individuals grow and mature just like everyone else, so treatments may stop working after time. Before trying anything new, consult your doctor to make sure you are being as safe and healthy as possible.

Chicago Paralegal Jobs

Chicago Paralegal Jobs

A non-lawyer who performs much of the normal tasks of a lawyer, the paralegal works under the supervision of an attorney engaged in the practice of law. The term “paralegal” is often used interchangeably with the term “legal assistant,” with little to no distinction between the two.

Nature of the Job

The duties of a paralegal vary, depending upon the attorneys for whom they work. Some paralegals may focus their skills and knowledge on special areas of law, such as personal injury or laws on will, trusts, and estates. Others may focus on less specialized areas of the legal system. From the traditional viewpoint, the paralegal deals more with procedural law than with substantive law.

Educational Requirements

The educational requirements of paralegals are not standardized. As such, many employers have varied requirements for applicants. But while different employers have different paralegal educational requirements, it is recommended that you get at least some formal education to get a better foothold in this exciting but highly competitive career field.

Where to find Chicago Paralegal Jobs

The demand for more paralegals is ever increasing. According to a recent projection report released by the US Department of Labor and Statistics, the number of paralegal jobs is set to increase by 33%. This is true in all U.S. states, including the state of Illinois.

Below are a few places where you can find Chicago paralegal jobs, as well as a brief description of each job placement:

Craig’s List of Chicago Paralegal Jobs
(Chicago.CraigsList.org/lgl/)

Craig’s List provides a comprehensive list of Chicago paralegal jobs currently up on offer. Whether you are a paralegal employer or a prospective paralegal looking to apply for a vacancy, this is a good place to start looking for Chicago paralegal jobs. The site allows job postings submitted by employees, encompassing different paralegal specializations, such as real estate, administration/office management, litigation, medical malpractice, among others.

Southern Illinois University Chicago Paralegal Jobs
(SIU.edu/~para/1jobs.html)

The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Campus website offers a Chicago paralegal job portal for students enrolled in their Paralegal Studies Program. The portal includes not only Chicago paralegal jobs but also paralegal job placements in the St. Louis area, local area, and other areas, as well as internships in paralegal work.

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Classified Ads
(Jobs.LawBulletin.com)

Offering one of the most up to date sources of legal jobs in Chicago and the Midwest, the Law Bulletin is a good place to start looking for a job in a law firm or corporate law environment. From Chicago paralegal jobs to attorney jobs and other related fields, such as legal secretary, law/docket clerk and legal administrator, the Law Bulletin has job postings of all these areas. In addition, this site may also double as a legal resource for those who would like some help in their chosen career.

Of ‘Meese’ and Maple Leaves

Of ‘Meese’ and Maple Leaves


“The US is our trading partner, our neighbour, our ally and our friend… and sometimes we’d like to give them such a smack!”
– Rick Mercer

Because of Canada’s proximity to the United States and its similarities to its neighbor, it ranks number 2 out of the top 10 major destinations for an education abroad.

And just like the good ol’ red-white-and-blue, this red maple leaf has several requirements in order for you to study in its academic institutions – or at the very least, be allowed to risk riding a barrel down the Niagara Falls.

First of all, to be allowed to study in a Canadian institution, one must have a student authorization/permit.

Issued by an immigration officer, the said authorization simply means that you are allowed to remain in Canada to take an academic, professional or vocational training course at an approved university, college or other institution.

(* taken from the international education site)

What are the basic requirements for student authorization?

You must satisfy the visa officer that you meet the requirements of the Canadian Immigration Act and Regulations and that you will be in Canada for a temporary stay.

You must also:

· satisfy a visa officer that you will be able to return to your country or be admitted to another country after your studies;

· have been unconditionally accepted by an approved educational institution;

· proof that you have enough money during your stay in Canada to pay for:

– tuition fees;
– living expenses for yourself and accompanying dependants; and
– return transportation for yourself and accompanying dependants;

· be law abiding and have no record of criminal activity (you may be asked to provide a Police Clearance Certificate);

· not be a risk to the security of Canada;

· produce any additional documents requested by the visa officer to establish your admissibility;
· complete a medical examination, if required; and

· pay the fee.

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When should I apply?

The time required to process an application to study in Canada may vary at different visa offices. You should apply as early as possible, and allow at least six months to plan and prepare for your move.

Note: Canadian universities suggest you apply for admission at least one year in advance of your planned arrival.

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How do I apply for a student authorization?

Complete the application form, and include the fee and the documents listed below.

To complete your application you will need to know the cost of your education including tuition fees and books, medical insurance, return transportation costs and living costs for yourself and any dependants while in Canada. Living costs vary in each province.

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What documents are required?

You are required to provide the following documents for yourself and any accompanying dependants:

1. Proof of acceptance

· for attendance at a university, college or technical institution, a letter from the educational institution to show:

– the name of the institution;
– confirmation of your acceptance and/or registration as a student;
– the course of study;
– the duration of the academic program; and
– the latest date you may register.

· for attendance at a primary or secondary school, a letter from the school board having jurisdiction for the school you are attending (or for private schools, a letter from the school itself), indicating:

– the name of the school;
– the level of study; and
– the duration of the course.

For attendance at an educational institution in Quebec, you will also require a “Certificat d’acceptation du Québec” (Quebec Certificate of Acceptance, or CAQ) issued by the Ministère des Relations avec les citoyens et de l’Immigration (MRCI)

2. Proof of identity

· a valid passport or travel document or identity document that guarantees re-entry to the country that issued it (citizens and permanent residents of the United States, St. Pierre and Miquelon, and Greenland do not require a passport but do require proof of status such as a national identity card or an alien registration card); and

· two recent passport size photos for each family member (the name and date of birth of the person should be written on the back of each photo).

3. Proof of financial support

· evidence that you can support yourself and accompanying dependants while you study in Canada. Such evidence may include:

– proof of a Canadian bank account in your name if money has been transferred to Canada;
– your bank statements for the past four months;
– a bank draft in convertible currency;
– proof of payment of tuition and residence fees;
– for those with a scholarship or those with a Canadian funded educational program:
proof of funding paid from within Canada;

· if foreign exchange control measures exist in your country, you must provide proof that you will be permitted by the exchange control authorities of your country to export funds for all of your expenses; and

· if additional documents are required, a visa officer will inform you.

Note: Children under 16 years of age who are travelling alone must have information (name, address, phone number) about the person or school who will be responsible for them. If the child is the subject of a custody order, proof of custody and the other parent’s consent must also be provided. Minors travelling without their parents require a letter of permission from the non-accompanying parent(s).

But, if you’re a student, wallowing in your tough, pressure-cooker-like studies and long lists of student debts, is there a way you could actually earn your keep and continue on with your scholastic pursuits?

Sit back and relax, while I fry up the next post on how to bring home the ‘Canadian’ bacon while holding a student permit.

For more information regarding Student Visas and Permits, visit :

CIC Canada

Information To Help You Make Health Care Decisions

Information To Help You Make Health Care Decisions


Armed with good information, you can be your own best advocate when it comes to making health care decisions.
That means not only gathering information on specific medical conditions and the latest treatments, but asking questions and seeking advice during your doctor visits.

But where can consumers get reliable and accurate health care information? In many cases, it’s from prescription drug advertisements. Studies show that direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising starts important conversations about overall health and disease between doctors and patients-conversations that may lead to new diagnosis and better treatment.

According to a Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital and Harris Interactive health care survey, for example, one-quarter of adult patients who consulted a doctor after seeing a DTC ad received a new diagnosis. Some of the most common new diagnoses included high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and depression. These conditions are often undertreated and underdiagnosed in the general population.

“Direct-to-Consumer advertising plays an invaluable role informing physicians and patients both about disease and new and lifesaving medicines,” says Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Senior Vice President Ken Johnson. “Educational advertising empowers patients to seek guidance from their doctors, which can lead to earlier detection and treatment of diseases.”

Guiding Principles

PhRMA recently issued new guiding principles to further improve the educational value of prescription drug advertising. Through these principles, pharmaceutical companies pledge to provide even more accurate information to patients and doctors about health and disease they can use. Key elements include:

• Companies should submit all new DTC television advertisements to the Food and Drug Administration before releasing them for broadcast.

• DTC television advertising that identifies a product by name should clearly state the health conditions for which the medicine is approved, as well as the risks associated with the medicine being advertised.

• Companies should spend an appropriate amount of time educating health care professionals about new medicines or new therapeutic indications before beginning the first direct-to-consumer advertising campaign.

PhRMA represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier and more productive lives.

Hepatitis C: What You Should Know

Hepatitis C: What You Should Know

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most common, chronic blood-borne infection in the United States, with nearly 4 million Americans (or 2% of the population) infected. The hepatitis C virus can result in a swelling of the liver known as hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is slightly more common among men than women, and while it affects people of all ages, it is most commonly found among those aged 20-39.

Hepatitis C infects the liver, which removes waste products and worn-out cells from the blood. If untreated, hepatitis C can lead to scarring of the liver (known as cirrhosis), cancer of the liver and, in some cases, even death.

The hepatitis C virus is spread through contaminated blood. Hepatitis C is most commonly spread through intravenous drug use, as users often share needles that are contaminated with the virus.

People who had blood transfusions before 1990, when screening blood for HCV began, are also at risk. Tattooing and body piercing may also transmit hepatitis C if dye or needles contaminated with HCV are reused.

Hepatitis C is often referred to as a “silent threat” since a majority of people have no symptoms for many years after they become infected. In fact, more than 70 percent of HCV-infected people have no idea that they are infected.

Symptoms of HCV may include:

• Fatigue

• Loss of appetite

• Dark urine

• Nausea/stomach pain

• Jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes).

Hepatitis C is a serious disease, but there are many treatment options which may help infected people get rid of the virus. PEG-INTRON® (Peginterferon alfa-2b) Powder for Injection combined with riba-virin is one such treatment which has been shown to clear HCV from the blood in about half of the people taking this medication. Medical, educational and emotional support are also available for HCV-infected individuals and their families. People being treated with PEG-INTRON® and ribavirin, as well as those considering treatment, can enroll in a free patient support program called The Be In Charge® Program. This program offers 24/7 telephone access to a live nurse, many educational materials, and counseling (decisions about medical treatment should always be discussed with a health care professional).

In addition to treatment, there are steps that people with hepatitis C can take to live healthier lives. For instance, studies have shown that avoiding heavy alcohol consumption (defined as five or more drinks per day) can reduce liver damage among people with hepatitis C. Obesity can also contribute to more advanced liver disease, and has been shown to lessen the effectiveness of certain medicines that treat HCV. While a diagnosis of hepatitis C should be taken seriously, taking control by seeking treatment, making healthy lifestyle changes, and getting appropriate support can help make HCV a manageable disease.

How to Write a Nursing Resume

How to Write a Nursing Resume

Recent labor studies have predicted that nursing positions will continue to grow faster than the national average for at least the next five years. Though this trend is good news for nurses on the job market, it does not diminish the fact that competition will remain tough for the most desirable nursing positions. Nurses need to pay close attention to the presentation of their credentials, as detailed in their resume, in order to ensure that they can compete in the tough medical profession.

To write a solid resume tailored specifically to the nursing profession, consider the following guidelines:

Highlight your Educational and Licensure Qualifications

In addition to including the details of your nursing degree (school name, when you graduated, your degree), you should mention any academic honors, grants, scholarships, or fellowships awarded during the course of your studies.

If you are an experienced nurse, you may wish to make reference to any completed clinical rotations in this section. This tactic is especially beneficial if one or more of these rotations is in line with your current career objective.

If you are a newer nursing graduate or have limited nursing experience, a list of related courses and clinical rotations will provide detail of your medical knowledge to prospective employers. Graduates who completed their degree with an impressive grade point average should highlight this fact by including their GPA in the Educational section of their resume.

All nurses who have completed the process to get licensed will need to provide details of their license(s) in this section. Include the state(s) in which you are licensed and the date that your license went in effect. Since your employer will ask for a copy of your license once you are made an offer, you do not include your licensing number on your resume.

Emphasize your Nursing Expertise and Key Skills

A quick 10-second scan of your resume should reveal important keywords that summarize your nursing experience and give managers an overview of your qualifications. The most effective way to do this is to incorporate a section of your resume dedicated to nursing expertise and key skills. Include a bulleted list of your nursing specializations (such as pediatrics, cardiology, oncology) and any pertinent nursing skills, such as JCAHO standards/compliance or medication administration, that will enhance your resume presentation.

If you have several years of nursing experience, it may beneficial to list your years of experience in each area.

Entry-level nurses and nurses with limited experience should also include this section in their resume, highlighting those areas and schools acquired from schooling, clinical rotations, and nursing mentorships.

Detail Your Nursing Experience

Since most manager hire nurses based on their previous experience in (or knowledge of if you are a new nurse) a particular area of nursing, employers need to know the details of your nursing experience.

If you are an experienced nurse, you should detail your specialization, the type of facility you work in (acute care, outpatient, rehabilitation), and your average caseload for each of your previous employers.

If you are an entry-level nurse just out of school or a nurse with limited work experience, you should detail any clinical rotations, mentorships, or other unpaid work you were involved in during your schooling.

Demonstrate You’re a Top Performer

Employers love to hire top performers. Your resume will be more memorable and better received if you can detail specific contributions you made to each of your previous employers. What have you done that was above and beyond your basic responsibilities? How have you helped make a positive impact on your patients and their families, your co-workers, your employer, or even your community?

Consider your possible involvement in:
oCommittees or review boards
oPatient or family health education
oMentorship programs
oTraining of coworkers on advanced topics of interest to nursing
oThe launch of a new facility or program
oCommunity health screens
oOutside education

The more details you can provide about your involvement in the medical community and your accomplishments, the better job you will do at impressing your value as a team member to potential employers.

Arthritis Diet – Relieve Your Pain

Arthritis Diet – Relieve Your Pain


People who suffer from arthritis are always looking for ways to relieve their pain.
One way to ease or even prevent it is through an arthritis diet. There are some arthritis diets that some people will swear by, but have never been proven to make a difference. There are some diets that make a definite difference according to health experts.

First we’ll take a look at some arthritis diets where there’s little or no evidence that they actually make a difference. One of the most common arthritis diets is to eliminate potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and most peppers. While the diet won’t do any harm, it hasn’t been proven to affect arthritis at all. Another arthritis diet seeks to reduce the acids in one’s body eliminating sugar, coffee, red meat, most grains, nuts, and citrus fruits. It’s intended to be followed for just one month. People may feel better because they lose weight which reduces the stress on their joints, but again there is no evidence to support this. It also excludes many sources of vitamin C which is essential in fighting arthritis. Drinking green tea has been shown to reduce the effects of rheumatoid arthritis in mice, but there are no conclusive results on human studies yet. Shark cartilage is supposed to relieve arthritis. Animal and lab studies show promise, but there are no human studies to support this yet.

Not let’s take a look at some arthritis diets that have been shown to work. Switching fats can reduce inflammation. Eating fats found in red meat and poultry have actually been shown to increase inflammation. Switching to cold water fish can help reduce the inflammation. Using corn, safflower, and sunflower oils also helps. Another arthritis diet is the ASU (avocado-soybean unsaponifiable). It has been shown to relieve osteoarthritis, stimulate cartilage repair, and lessen a patient’s need to NSAIDs to control pain. Ginger has been shown to ease pain and inflammation as well as protect the stomach from gastrointestinal effects from taking NSAIDs. Glucosamine is a supplement that relieves pain in some patients with osteoarthritis. It helps the body rebuild cartilage, but can take up to two months to see the effects. If you are allergic to shellfish, check with your doctor before taking this as it is derived from crab, lobster, or shrimp shells. Before taking any supplements talk with your doctor as some can interfere with or worsen side effects from your medications.

Of course the best arthritis diet is a good old-fashioned well balanced diet. Eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables, and go easy on fats and cholesterol. A heart healthy diet is especially important to patients with rheumatoid arthritis as studies have shown a link between this disease and heart failure. Vitamin C is good for repairing body tissue. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium, build bone mass, and prevents bone loss. Calcium helps strengthen your bones. If you are on medication, ask your doctor if he/she recommends taking vitamins. Some medications can create vitamin or mineral deficiencies. When choosing your arthritis diet, be sure to talk with your physician as different types of arthritis have different needs.

DISCLAIMER: This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
Since natural and/or dietary supplements are not FDA approved they must be accompanied by a two-part disclaimer on the product label: that the statement has not been evaluated by FDA and that the product is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

Graduate Degree Options

Graduate Degree Options

Many people find that in the courses of their careers they wish they had the ability to go back to school for even further education. Unfortunately, not everyone has the good fortune to live in the vicinity of a university that offers graduate level studies in the career they have chosen. Chances are that a good percentage of the population does not and if they do chances are even better that they have very busy personal and professional lives that make intensive graduate studies difficult to pursue at best.

If you are one of the many people that feel you have made your choice and are stuck with your undergraduate degree or that a post graduate degree is simply out of your reach, I hope you will read this article with great interest and learn that there options available to you no matter how far away from a university you live or how little time you have to devote to your graduate studies.

A graduate education is a very intensive course of study that is very narrow and specific. In other words, many students find that their graduate coursework is their favorite by far as it gets into the meat of the subject matter of their interest rather than merely hitting the highlights. Only a small percentage of the population at this point in time has a graduate education. Though this does not necessarily guarantee you any employability it can provide you with very specialized knowledge or skills that will help you perform your job better and qualify you for more interesting and specialized positions in your field of study.

If you would like to pursue a graduate education but feel you are too far from the nearest university that offers a comprehensive graduate education in your field, you might be surprised to find that the nearest graduate level curriculum is as far away as your living room or your favorite Internet café. Online courses give new hope to potential graduate students. Many of them will actually allow you to work around your work schedule and at your own pace while trying to achieve your dreams of higher education and life long learning.

Online courses are becoming more widely accepted across the nation and around the world. We live in the information age and it only makes sense that we are taking control of our educations by using services and demanding services like online courses in order to further our educational goals. At the moment there are only limited offerings for graduate studies, most of them centering on educational fields with only a few graduate degrees offered in other fields such as the medical industry. As demand grows so will the availability of graduate courses and degrees that are being offered online.

If you happen to be fortunate enough to live relatively close to a university that offers graduate studies in your field you might want to check with the university and see if they offer weekend graduate classes. This is a new trend that seems to be growing in popularity as a valid option for those who hope to return to college but can’t afford to give up precious work or family time during the week. These courses are much more intense than your average once or twice a week night course but they allow you to pursue your graduate degree in a much quicker manner than traditional programs have allowed and are much more employer and family friendly. Of course you also have the option of taking one or two classes at a time at night in order to achieve your graduate degree as well. Masters degree students only need to take 9 hours a semester in order to be considered full time students and qualify for financial aid.

All in all, you do not need to sacrifice your goals of graduate studies in order to maintain your career or achieve some sort of balance between work, education, and family. Whether you choose online courses, night courses, or weekend courses for your studies you have many opportunities to achieve the degree you desire without sacrificing heavily in order to do so.

Herbal Life Weight Loss Plan

Herbal Life Weight Loss Plan

Weight loss is one of the biggest dreams of most people today. With the increasing number of people who need some weight loss plans or programs that will guide them to achieve better weight loss results, many companies are continually developing and providing some weight loss programs for those weight loss dreamers. In particular, one of the notable companies that provide a great weight loss plan is Herbal Life. But what is herbal life?

Herbal Life is actually an independent distributor of herbal life weight loss diet and some products. As such, most of the items that they offer are geared toward helping the people in losing weight. One of the recent herbal life weight loss plans is what they call as Thermojetics Green Weight Loss Management Program.

This particular herbal life weight loss program is basically offered for the people to lose weight without going hungry or depriving oneself from eating delicious foods. Many claims have stated that with this herbal life weight loss program, everyone will feel marvelously energized in the process.

The Thermojetics Green Weight Loss Management Program, as an herbal life weight loss plan, has greatly aided thousands of people all over the cosmos lose weight. According to the herbal life’s exclusive Cellular Nutrition standards, this herbal life weight loss plan greatly gives the nutrition the body needs for best possible health condition and then gives you the great chance for achieving your dreamed weight. So since this herbal life weight loss plan will aid you to obtain healthful minerals, vitamins, and supplements, it is no wonder that you will feel energized than ever.

It is interesting to know that this mentioned herbal life weight loss plan is not just a mere program for ridding off those unwanted pounds, but it is a plan that will enhance your health. So in addition to losing weight, you will definitely feed your body with the nutrients it needs to obtain and sustain the most favorable health.

This plan is coupled with some products that will aid in achieving the best results. It mainly includes some products that work synergistically to aid you in losing weight and reinforce your body at peak performance. And to better serve the customers, they then developed other scientifically advanced herbal life weight loss plans that involve a variety of Thermojetics Green Weight-Management items. These alternatives are greatly coupled with some nutritional supplements that are developed to feed the body with the essential nutrients for better health. That is how great the herbal life weight loss plan is.

California Paralegals

California Paralegals


California paralegals, otherwise known as California legal assistants, are individuals who are “qualified through education, training or work experience to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer” (National Federation of Paralegal Associations).

In short, California paralegals are non-lawyers but who nevertheless perform much of the same tasks as lawyers do. They usually work under the supervision of a lawyer but may also offer their services independently. Currently, seven out of ten California paralegals work in a law office. Others are employed by a lawyer, government agency or corporations.

How to Become a California Paralegal

Most California paralegals have a diverse background as the nature of the job calls for a wide range of knowledge and skills. Education and training requirements are also likewise diverse, but these are generally related to the responsibilities of the position.

There are, however, California paralegals who focus on one specialized field of paralegal work. For instance, California paralegals with medical training may choose to work in personal injury or medical malpractice. On the other hand, a California paralegal in environmental law may have had some experience as a naturalist.

Formal training and higher education are not normally required for employment. However, majority of employers now are looking for applicants who do have some educational background in paralegal studies.

A four-year degree in paralegal studies or law office management is considered highly desirable, even as many employers hire California paralegals who have a two-year certificate program. Two-year degrees with an emphasis in paralegal studies are often set as the minimum criterion for hiring individuals.

Where California Paralegals Work

As already mentioned, most California paralegals work in legal offices or law firms, but these are not the only areas that a prospective paralegal may explore. Banks, corporations, insurance agencies, legal clinics, courts, government agencies, accounting and engineering firms, title companies, construction companies, and legal aid offices may also require the service of a paralegal.

California paralegals who work in the private sector are often assigned in specialized areas of law, such as litigation, probate, real estate, corporate, taxation, domestic relations, or employee benefits. Those who work in the public sector are often employed by non-profit public law firms or state or local governmental agencies. Their specialized areas of assignment may include welfare, family law, health care, landlord/tenant, disability benefits, unemployment, compensation, or social security.

When considering a career as a California paralegal, the best way to find a job is through networking. Word-of-mouth is an easy and convenient method to get the news on any paralegal job vacancies. Many paralegal associations and job banks also serve as excellent resources for paralegal jobs.