The Best Blogs and Podcasts for Paralegals

//The Best Blogs and Podcasts for Paralegals

If your law office is small, you may be the only paralegal on staff who handles the day-to-day operations of your firm. While your work likely creates many opportunities to collaborate with your firm’s attorneys, there are certain parts of your job that only a fellow paralegal could understand. Fortunately, there are many blogs and podcasts created by and for paralegals just like you. These are three great places to start:

The Paralegal Society

The Paralegal Society invites paralegals to an open discussion about their work. It features a section called “The ‘Rant’” where paralegals can complain about common frustrations (see: Help! I’m a Paralegal in Paper Prison) and discuss strategies for getting past them. Meant to cater to both new and experienced paralegals, this blog strives to create a culture rooted in paralegal camaraderie and generate a positive vibe around the paralegal profession. The Paralegal Society also includes a section where visitors can meet industry mentors and seek support, which is something every paralegal needs from time to time. And if you’re in need of an extra dose of motivation, the “Inspirational Arsenal” is filled with quotes just for paralegals that can provide the encouragement you need to make it through even the most tumultuous days at the office.

The Paralegal Voice

The Paralegal Voice podcast and blog (a Legal Talk Network affiliate) keeps paralegals up to date on the latest issues and trends surrounding their profession. Give your eyes a rest during the day and take in a podcast on a topic like technology competence or preparing for your annual review. No matter how many years you’ve listed “paralegal” as your job title, this podcast and blog offer compelling insights that will make you better at your work. From social media best practices to making your workflow more efficient, invaluable information is only a few clicks and a pair of headphones away!

Best Legal Assistant

Best Legal Assistant is a leading online resource that delivers advice on job training, certifications and interviewing to paralegals who are ready for a new opportunity. Catered mostly toward young professionals whose paralegal careers have just gotten off the ground, this blog has a treasure trove of resources including advice on what schools to attend and how to set yourself up to get hired at the ideal firm for you. Resume and cover letter tips are also helpful for new paralegals who wish to stand out to recruiters and firms across the country.

We hope these blog suggestions help you feel more connected to your fellow paralegals, especially if you work in a law office where you’re the only one in the role. And once you’ve finished checking out these blogs, make sure to browse more of our recent posts on our Law in Order blog to quench your thirst for legal knowledge!

By |November 24th, 2015|

About the Author:

For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance and on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.