After I graduated from a Canadian law school, I moved to the United States. I liked the legal field, but I didn’t want to be an attorney. Going to law school again would have been torture! So I studied to become a paralegal. I applied for paralegal jobs without success. Law firms wanted someone with experience. So I went up the legal ladder. I started as a legal secretary for a Florida law firm practicing local government, litigation, probate and real estate.
The firm promoted me after I received my paralegal certification from NALA. I was finally working as a paralegal! I enjoyed my new role researching legal issues, drafting and organizing legal documents.
After I had my second child, I worked from home on an as-needed basis for my firm. I also provided virtual paralegal services for solo practitioners and small law firms. I freelanced for about 2 years until I felt it was time for me to go back to work full-time. I now work mostly in the areas of local government law (municipal and special district), probate and estate planning. I love it!
Emilie Pearson Moore, ACP, FRP
Advanced Certified Paralegal in Estate Planning
Certified paralegals have to abide by NALA’s rules and must take continuing legal education to maintain their certification.