There are three kinds of crucial traits that paralegals need to have to be effective and help their lawyers. These traits are dependability, flexibility, and durability.
Dependability. We are all part of a big team. Your lawyer, you, other paralegals, your client, court personnel, all one team trying to accomplish a similar goal. It’s not much different than members of a sports team, and what most of us have learned growing up about teams is that we need to be able to depend on each other; whether we are winning or losing.
Flexibility is crucial to what we do. There will always be something that you didn’t anticipate; you might have to work late, maybe a last-minute motion on the Friday before a three-day weekend, and as a paralegal you don’t know when the tsunami is coming. It matters being flexible and understanding that you must adapt to situations and adapt to them very quickly.
And last, the most crucial, Durability. This is a tough job. Work as a paralegal can include long hours, it can be very stressful. You are gone from your family and people you love for weeks at a time, not really sleeping a whole lot and your rhythms are kind of off, and we must become durable people in doing that.
Your practice is a marathon, not a sprint. Make sure you eat well, get enough sleep, exercise when you can, so you are in fighting shape and are ready to go.