Paralegals should always keep up with their education because times change, but there’s offered out there classes in paralegal studies while you’re in school. If you have completed the basic paralegal and you get into a law firm that does an area of law that you’re interested in but you don’t have much knowledge, you might want to take an updated course, or we offer courses that are specialized and you could perhaps take a criminal law course if you’re doing criminal law, or family law if you’re in a family law firm, and learn more about it.
That’s one good way to learn about it. Also, a lot of the universities offer continuing legal education and once you’re a paralegal, they’ll start sending you forms. Your law firm might give you forms to fill out to take courses, updated courses. The laws change constantly and every year that I know of, there’s updates. They have the updates, and paralegals and lawyers and legal secretaries all go to the classes because you want to have knowledge and you want to learn about it when the law changes, especially in the last couple of years, the laws have changed so much. The criminal laws have changed as far as marijuana and medical marijuana and the penalties. Family law has changed because of civil unions and same-sex divorces now. It’s really gotten complicated and it’s good for paralegals to get updated.