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Career Fair: Increasing Your Paralegal Marketability

This event will provide information on how to obtain and succeed in a paralegal career. A panel presentation by legal professionals will provide you with access to the inside knowledge you need to succeed. Bring copies of your resume and a sample cover letter!

Date & Time:

Saturday, August 18, 2018
10:30am - 12:30pm


SF State Downtown Campus
835 Market Street, 6th Floor

(@ Powell Street BART/Muni Station)

Topics Include:

  1. Market Trends – Where the legal market is and where it is going
    • Hot Specialty Areas - What Employers are Looking for Now!
    • Temp-to-Perm Job Placement
    • Skills in Demand
    • Trend Predictions
  2. Resume Do’s & Don’ts – How to make the most of your resume and avoid common pitfalls
    • Biggest Blunders or What to Leave Off of Your Resume
    • Generic Resume: A Wise Choice?
    • Cover Letters: First Writing Sample for Employer
  3. Interview Skills – What to expect and how to make the most of your job interview
    • The Interview: Making a Positive Impact
    • Telephone Screening Interviews
    • What Questions to Expect
    • How to Answer the Tough Questions
    • After the Interview - Now What?
  4. Learning the Firms – A view into San Francisco’s legal community
    • Law Firm Cultures
    • Non-Traditional Legal Jobs
    • Internships as Stepping Stone in Your Career
  5. Pro-Bono Work – How to gain legal experience while helping those in need
    • The Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of SF
  6. Soft Skills
    • Business Communications – Telephone Skills
    • Co-worker Issues
    • Traditional Communication v. The Electronic Age: When to Utilize Each


Panel members include recruiters, hiring officials and recently employed graduates.*

Panel moderated by Mali Kigasari, Interim Academic Director of the Paralegal Studies program.

*Panel subject to change.


This is a free event for SF State Paralegal Students, Prospective Students and Graduates.


For additional information, please contact program coordinator Eduardo Cerpa.


News from SFPA - Volunteer Opportunity at Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving and fighting for liberation.

TLC's Legal Information Helpline receives over 2,000 requests every year from transgender people and their family members seeking legal information and referrals. TLC is based in Oakland and welcomes remote or in-person volunteers for the following roles:

  • Legal Information Helpline Response Volunteer:
    Response volunteers answer questions with the help of TLC's database of legal information and TLC staff training and support. All incoming questions come in through a web portal and are answered by email; volunteers do not need to respond to questions in real time. All training and volunteer work can be done remotely. Volunteers commit to answering at least ten questions a month for three months, approximately a ten-hour-a-month commitment.
  • Legal Information Helpline Intake Volunteer:
    Intake volunteers help process incoming calls and voicemails, perform intakes, and gather information from Helpline callers so that Helpline response volunteers can provide complete and personalized answers to their legal questions. Intake volunteers who are able to come into TLC's downtown Oakland office on a semi-regular basis are especially helpful, but committed remote volunteers are also welcome. Intake volunteers commit to contributing at least three hours a week.

No particular expertise or background is necessary, but a knowledge of basic legal terminology and processes and strong communication skills and cultural sensitivity are helpful. Those interested in either role should email Ian Anderson, Legal Services Coordinator, at



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