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What’s the best way to find a legal mentor in the legal field? I have a Paralegal Degree, I do not have a paralegal certificate, and my education is over ten years old. I would like to work towards becoming a family law paralegal, but most law firms want two years experience, I only have one year experience as an intern. I’ve volunteered with Legal Aid as an intake, but I’m struggling to get my foot in any door.


Amy King Fort Worth, TX

Texas Wesleyan University Paralegal Bacehlor of Science Degree

26 June 2018 4 replies Mentoring



Laurence Schnabel Templeton, CA

Amy- I presume you favor working in Texas. One idea is to look at web sites of Texas law firms that specialized in family and marital law with an eye to finding within such firms an atty who has been in the military. Then contact that lawyer for advice on where you might start your paralegal career. The Texas State Bar Association web site might also be a source of information useful to you ( e.g., it may have a list of attys who are certified by the Texas State Bar in family/marital law, a certification which exists here in California but unknown if also in taxes) . Laurence Schnabel ( AB-Stanford 1963, JD UCLA Law School 1967, Of Counsel to Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP)


Tom Cal, CFA San Francisco, CA

Other than experience, do you meet all other requirements you see in job postings for jobs you want?

Do you see paralegal certificate / certification mentioned in job postings?

Can you share a few job posts for jobs you want?

Also reach out to Alicia Mapp and mention me and "Veteran Mentor Network" , .

Here is a written informational interview with , where she mentions the NALA Paralegal Certification. I encourage you to ask about the possible value in earning this certification.

Keep us updated!


Wayne Brinkman Dallas, TX

Hi Amy: Thank you for your service. Have you ever tried the networking group called "Network After work"?
I have attended on occasion with vets I have mentored and found many attorneys or law firm connections in attendance who network as well. Perhaps this is an opportunity to consider?
As also read the recommendation to attend legal or even insurance CE courses put on by law firms. Great opportunities at these events...and while learning.


Cary Grossman Houston, TX

Amy: If you have not already done so, perhaps you should find out what networking organizations that family law lawyers tend to belong to and attend (including attending some legal CE courses) where you might meet someone that you could befriend who might help you.

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