Paralegal Employer Survey

Paralegal Program Employer Survey

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Address

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Type of Firm/Company If Other Specify
Please check all Legal Areas in which you Work
ADR/Mediation Administrative Law Bankruptcy
General Practice Torts/Personal Injury
Intellectual Property Legal Clinic Legal Aide
State Courts Federal Courts Bankruptcy Courts
Local Governments State Government Federal Government
Domestic Relations Taxation Immigration
Civil Litigation Constitutional Law Contracts
Copyright Corporate Criminal Creditors Rights
Employment Benefits Estate Planning
Environmental LawFamily Law Insurance Defense
International LawMunicipal Govt. Law
Negotiable Instruments Oil and GasPatent Law
Personal InjuryProbate Real Estate
Securities Secured Transactions Trade/Tariff
UCC Sales Workers' Comp. Trademark
If Other Specify

Number of Paralegal's Employed by your firm

Number of Paralegal's hired in the past year

How many years of experience does a paralegal need to be considered for employment by your firm?

Do you have a hierarchy process for paralegal's? If so please indicate the titles used.

Have you used students or graduates from the Cerritos College Paralegal Program?
Yes, I have hired someone from the Cerritos College Program.
No, I have not hired a Cerritos College student or graduate.
How did you learn about the Cerritos College Paralegal Program? Please check all that apply.
Not familiar with Cerritos College Paralegal Program.
Please send information to the above address.
Contacts with the Bar Association.
Contacts with other attorneys.
Graduate told you about the program.
Received resume of graduate of the program.
Received brochure about the program.
If Other Specify
What is the minimum education and experience required for a paralegal to be hired at your firm?
Associate degree in paralegal studies from a community college.
Degree or certificate from any paralegal studies program.
Degree or certificate from an ABA approved paralegal studies program.
Bachelors Degree
Certification through a State or National Associations (e.g., LCP, CLA, ect.)
Prior law office experience of any type.
Prior paralegal experience of any type.
Internship experience
Prior paralegal experience in a specific area of law.
If Other Specify

Does your firm utilize paralegal specialists?
If yes specify area of specialization

Does your firm have a legal assistant Supervisor/Manager
If Yes please specify who.

Does your firm utilize paralegal interns?

How does your firm recruit paralegal's? Please Check all that apply.
Employment agencies
Classified advertisements
Contact local paralegal programs
Contact with other attorneys
In house referrals from paralegals already employed by you
If Other Specify
What computer skills do you feel are necessary to begin working as a paralegal?
Word Processing Presentation Software
MS Word Desktop Publishing
Wordperfect Power Point

Database Management Spreadsheet Software
Fox Pro Lotus
Access Excel

If Other Specify

E-Mail Internet Research Skills

Please check any legal office software that your office uses. Also check any software that you feel a paralegal might need to know or learn.

Westlaw Lexis/Nexus Lois Law
Summation Concordance Time Matters
Amicus Attorney Time Slips Abacus
Legal Solutions Best Case Bankruptcy
Case Map Time Map Note Map
P. C. Law HotDocs Dragon Legal
If Other Specify
Of the areas listed please indicate which skills your paralegal performs for you. Check as many as apply.
Law Library Research Draft Letters Draft Pleadings
Draft DiscoveryDraft Memoranda Interview Clients
Interview Witnesses File Court Papers
Computer Research Supervise Office File Organization
Title Searches Office Computer Management
Trial Preparation Trial AssistancePrepare Trial Notebook
Summarizes Medical Records Summarizes Depositions
Prepares Jury Instructions Retrieves Court Documents
Client Contact Attends Depositions Shepardizes Cases
Indexing Documents Bates Stamping
Other If Other Specify
Please check all legal areas in which your paralegals works in.
ADR/Mediation Administrative Law Bankruptcy
Civil Litigation Constitutional Law Contracts
Copyright Corporate CriminalCreditors Rights
Employment Benefits Estate Planning
Environmental LawFamily Law Insurance Defense
International LawMunicipal Govt. Law
Negotiable Instruments Oil and GasPatent Law
Personal InjuryProbate Real Estate
Securities Secured Transactions Trade/Tariff
UCC Sales Workers' Comp. Trademark
Torts Personal Injury Wills
Intellectual Property Trusts
If Other Specify

What is your entry level range salary for a full-time paralegal?
Please indicate what additional benefits you offer your paralegals.
Medical Insurance Dental Insurance Vision Care
Life Insurance Paid Vacation Retirement Plan
Paid Continuing Education Overtime Pay Paid Parking
Public Transportation Membership Dues for Associations
Bonus Pay Other
If Other Specify

Please assist us in evaluating our program and curriculum by answering the following questions to the best of your ability. In general, please rate the following areas of the Cerritos College Paralegal Program.
Use a scale of 1 to 5 with:
5 being Superior;
4 being Good;
3 being Average;
2 being Fair; and
1 being Poor.
Rate the list of items listed below.

Legal-related conceptual knowledge
Rate this item between 1 and 5

Legal-related technical knowledge
Rate this item between 1 and 5

Attitude toward work (professionalism)
Rate this item between 1 and 5

Communication and interpersonal skills
Rate this item between 1 and 5

Understanding of billing and time keeping concepts
Rate this item between 1 and 5

Overall job preparation
Rate this item between 1 and 5

Assumes a leadership role when appropriate
Rate this item between 1 and 5

Follows instructions well
Rate this item between 1 and 5

Makes efficient use of resources and office time
Rate this item between 1 and 5

Willingness to assume additional responsibilities (i.e larger case loads, drafting documents)
Rate this item between 1 and 5

Overall Quality of Cerritos Paralegal Students
Rate this item between 1 and 5

In which areas do you feel this program best prepares graduates?



In which areas do you feel additional preparation would be helpful?



Do you have any specific suggestions for improvements in curriculum or instruction of the program?

Would you like to receive information about how to obtain a volunteer intern to work in your office?

Yes No If yes please enter your contact information below.


Would you like to receive information about how to become a teacher in the paralegal program?

Yes No If yes please enter your contact information below.

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