A successful Legal Assistant/Paralegal must:
- Think beyond the task given to him/her and question what appears to be inconsistent
- Anticipate what is to come (I love the days my boss asks for things I have already prepared and are sitting on my desk waiting for him.)
- Not ask a question that could be answered by looking it up - I hate when I watch a legal assistant bother an attorney about where a file might be before they even look in the file cabinet.
- Have the ability to switch tasks as ever constantly changing priorities shift - a linear approach to tasks rarely works in a law office.