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Private Law Firm
A law firm that generates its income from the fees of individual clients
Boutique Law Firm
A firm that specializes in one area of the law
General Counsel
The chief attorney in a corporate law department. Also called corporate counsel
Civil Service
Nonmilitary government employment, often obtained through merit and competitive exams
Jurisdiction
The geographic area over which a particular court system or other government unit has authority.
Paralegal Specialist
The major civil service job classification for paralegals who work for the federal government and for some state governments.
Indigent
A person who is without funds to hire a private attorney. Impoverished
Civil
Pertaining to a private right or matter. Noncriminal; nonmilitary
IOLTA program
(Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) A program that helps fund legal services for the poor with funds that attorneys are required to turn over from interest earned in client trust accounts containing client funds
Pro Bono
Concerning or involving legal services that are provided for the public good (pro bono publico) without fee or compensation. Sometimes also applied to services given at a reduced rate. Shortened to pro bono.
Special Interest Group
An organization that serves a particular group or cause
Test Case
Litigation brought to try to create a new legal principle or right
Prepaid Legal Services
A plan by which a person pays premiums to cover future legal services. Also called legal plan and group legal services.
Public Defender
An attorney (usually a government employee) appointed by the court and paid by the government to represent an indigent person in a criminal case.
Assigned Counsel
An attorney (ususally in a private practice) appointed by the court to represent an indigent person in a criminal or civil case.
Freelance Paralegal
An independant contractor who sells his or her paralegal services to, and works under the supervision of, one or more attorneys
Outsourcing
Paying an outside company or service to perform tasks usually performed by one's own employees
Job Bank
A service that lists available jobs, sometimes available only to members of an organization
Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
Training in the law (usually short term) that a person received after completing his or her formal legal training (continuing education)
Informational Interview
An interview whose primary purpose is to gain a better understanding of an area of law or kind of employment
Networking
Establishing contacts with people who might become personal or professional resources
Blind Ad
A classified ad that does not give the name and address of the prospective employer
Staffing Agency
An employment agency that places temporary workers, often directly paying the workers and handling all the finacial aspects of the placement
Chronological Resume
A resume that presents biographical data on education and experience in a chronological sequence, starting with the present and working backwards
Functional Resume
A resume that clusters skills and experience regarless of when they were developed or occurred
Font
The design or style of printed letters of the alphabet, punctualtion marks, or other characaters
Points
A measure of the size of printed letters of the alphabet, punctuation marks or other characters.
Due Diligence
Reasonable steps that are needed to conduct background factual research or investigation
Blog
A journal or diary available on the world wide web (called blawg if the topic is legal)
Cover Letter
A letter that tells the recipient what physical items are being sent in the envelope or package. Also called a transmittal letter or enclosure letter.
Redact
to edit or prepare a document for publication or release, often by deleating, altering, or blocking out text that you do not want disclosed
Billable Hours Quota
A minimum number of hours expected from a timekeeper on client matters that can be charged (billed) to clients per week, month, year, or other time period.
intranet
A private network of computers within a particular firm, company, or other organization, established so that computers can share information online, often using features similar to those of the WWW
Tickler
A system designed to provide reminders of important dates