Classify paralegals as professionals, not administrative staff, so you can pay for appropriate quality

A good point made by a consultant, James Wilber of Altman Weil, appears in InsideCounsel, Feb. 2007 at 54. Wilber has observed that “often corporations classify paralegals as administrative staff, with salaries too low to attract highly trained professionals.” He makes the logical recommendation: redesign the salary structure so that paralegal positions – at least senior level paralegals – are in the higher salary band of professionals. Even a few thousand dollars a year more makes a big difference in the quality of paralegal you can then attract.

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