What is it really like to work as a paralegal? Will I like working for a law firm and lawyers? What, exactly, does a paralegal do? And what does "assist lawyers" truly mean? Can you tell me about some real-life experiences? Which area of law is right for my personality? Lots of books tell me to, "be organized," but can you give me real specifics? How can I stand out from the rest and be excellent at this career? The answers to these questions, in depth and straight from the inside, are finally here. Reading like a novel, readers are truly transported "Behind the Bar"--deep inside the field of paralegalism and into the author's own career, woven with useful tips and information. The book discusses the history and future of the profession, education requirements, the work of paralegals in different areas of law, the author's actual experiences and useful resources for the reader. The author also outlines qualities personified and sought after in legal assistants and what readers can do to achieve the same level of distinction.