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Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:07 pm

I received a paralegal certificate about two months ago and have been interning for a law firm ever since. In the law firm, I do typical paralegal work such as drafting legal documents (memos, original petitions, answers, etc.), conducting discovery, and interviewing clients. I will be a 1L this coming Fall and I am currently creating business cards for networking. Currently, I am stumped on what title to put on the business card.

Since I have been working in a law firm as a paralegal for about two months now, should I go ahead and put "Paralegal" as my title on the business card? Or, seeing that I will be a law student soon, would the title "Candidate for Juris Doctor" be more appropriate to use?

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:08 pm

Wait until you start school and put J.D. Candidate.

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby MKC » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:10 pm

Why are you making business cards? This seems unnecessary. And it's weird.
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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby BNA » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:11 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I received a paralegal certificate about two months ago and have been interning for a law firm ever since. In the law firm, I do typical paralegal work such as drafting legal documents (memos, original petitions, answers, etc.), conducting discovery, and interviewing clients. I will be a 1L this coming Fall and I am currently creating business cards for networking. Currently, I am stumped on what title to put on the business card.

Since I have been working in a law firm as a paralegal for about two months now, should I go ahead and put "Paralegal" as my title on the business card? Or, seeing that I will be a law student soon, would the title "Candidate for Juris Doctor" be more appropriate to use?

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.


I wouldn't use business cards as a student, but that's just one opinion. Seems a little too much. If you do, though, put Candidate, c/o 2019. "Dress" for the job you want, not the job you have.

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:21 pm

A. Nony Mouse wrote:Wait until you start school and put J.D. Candidate.

Thank for the response A. Nony.

MarkinKansasCity wrote:Why are you making business cards? This seems unnecessary. And it's weird.

I figured that it would be great to be able to pass out the cards on the go. What would be a better alternative?

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Anonymous User wrote:I received a paralegal certificate about two months ago and have been interning for a law firm ever since. In the law firm, I do typical paralegal work such as drafting legal documents (memos, original petitions, answers, etc.), conducting discovery, and interviewing clients. I will be a 1L this coming Fall and I am currently creating business cards for networking. Currently, I am stumped on what title to put on the business card.

Since I have been working in a law firm as a paralegal for about two months now, should I go ahead and put "Paralegal" as my title on the business card? Or, seeing that I will be a law student soon, would the title "Candidate for Juris Doctor" be more appropriate to use?

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.


I wouldn't use business cards as a student, but that's just one opinion. Seems a little too much. If you do, though, put Candidate, c/o 2019. "Dress" for the job you want, not the job you have.


Thanks for the tip BNA. It seems like it is looked down upon for a law student to pass out business cards. Why is that the case?

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby zot1 » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:36 pm

A. Nony Mouse wrote:Wait until you start school and put J.D. Candidate.


This. Also, some schools created business cards for you so that might be a reason to wait.

Business cards are not good for networking because attorneys don't care about your contact information. You want their business card. However, you might want it to meet other peers.

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby BNA » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:43 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
A. Nony Mouse wrote:Wait until you start school and put J.D. Candidate.

Thank for the response A. Nony.

MarkinKansasCity wrote:Why are you making business cards? This seems unnecessary. And it's weird.

I figured that it would be great to be able to pass out the cards on the go. What would be a better alternative?

BNA wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I received a paralegal certificate about two months ago and have been interning for a law firm ever since. In the law firm, I do typical paralegal work such as drafting legal documents (memos, original petitions, answers, etc.), conducting discovery, and interviewing clients. I will be a 1L this coming Fall and I am currently creating business cards for networking. Currently, I am stumped on what title to put on the business card.

Since I have been working in a law firm as a paralegal for about two months now, should I go ahead and put "Paralegal" as my title on the business card? Or, seeing that I will be a law student soon, would the title "Candidate for Juris Doctor" be more appropriate to use?

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.


I wouldn't use business cards as a student, but that's just one opinion. Seems a little too much. If you do, though, put Candidate, c/o 2019. "Dress" for the job you want, not the job you have.


Thanks for the tip BNA. It seems like it is looked down upon for a law student to pass out business cards. Why is that the case?


What zot said, but also because you don't have anything to offer (law students really have no value). You're going to have to get their card and make the effort. They'll take it, but it'll probably go in the garbage along with the candy wrapper and lint at the end of the day.

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby SFSpartan » Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:13 pm

Don't make your own business cards. You won't have any use for them.

If you insist on getting business cards, order them from your law school when you actually get to school rather than making your own.

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:18 pm

BNA wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
A. Nony Mouse wrote:Wait until you start school and put J.D. Candidate.

Thank for the response A. Nony.

MarkinKansasCity wrote:Why are you making business cards? This seems unnecessary. And it's weird.

I figured that it would be great to be able to pass out the cards on the go. What would be a better alternative?

BNA wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I received a paralegal certificate about two months ago and have been interning for a law firm ever since. In the law firm, I do typical paralegal work such as drafting legal documents (memos, original petitions, answers, etc.), conducting discovery, and interviewing clients. I will be a 1L this coming Fall and I am currently creating business cards for networking. Currently, I am stumped on what title to put on the business card.

Since I have been working in a law firm as a paralegal for about two months now, should I go ahead and put "Paralegal" as my title on the business card? Or, seeing that I will be a law student soon, would the title "Candidate for Juris Doctor" be more appropriate to use?

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.


I wouldn't use business cards as a student, but that's just one opinion. Seems a little too much. If you do, though, put Candidate, c/o 2019. "Dress" for the job you want, not the job you have.


Thanks for the tip BNA. It seems like it is looked down upon for a law student to pass out business cards. Why is that the case?


What zot said, but also because you don't have anything to offer (law students really have no value). You're going to have to get their card and make the effort. They'll take it, but it'll probably go in the garbage along with the candy wrapper and lint at the end of the day.


I see. If legal employers see law students as bringing little to no value, would the title "Paralegal" be seen more valuable than a "JD Candidate?"

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby BNA » Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:19 pm

They'll see your resume

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby star fox » Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:23 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
BNA wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
A. Nony Mouse wrote:Wait until you start school and put J.D. Candidate.

Thank for the response A. Nony.

MarkinKansasCity wrote:Why are you making business cards? This seems unnecessary. And it's weird.

I figured that it would be great to be able to pass out the cards on the go. What would be a better alternative?

BNA wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I received a paralegal certificate about two months ago and have been interning for a law firm ever since. In the law firm, I do typical paralegal work such as drafting legal documents (memos, original petitions, answers, etc.), conducting discovery, and interviewing clients. I will be a 1L this coming Fall and I am currently creating business cards for networking. Currently, I am stumped on what title to put on the business card.

Since I have been working in a law firm as a paralegal for about two months now, should I go ahead and put "Paralegal" as my title on the business card? Or, seeing that I will be a law student soon, would the title "Candidate for Juris Doctor" be more appropriate to use?

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.


I wouldn't use business cards as a student, but that's just one opinion. Seems a little too much. If you do, though, put Candidate, c/o 2019. "Dress" for the job you want, not the job you have.


Thanks for the tip BNA. It seems like it is looked down upon for a law student to pass out business cards. Why is that the case?


What zot said, but also because you don't have anything to offer (law students really have no value). You're going to have to get their card and make the effort. They'll take it, but it'll probably go in the garbage along with the candy wrapper and lint at the end of the day.


I see. If legal employers see law students as bringing little to no value, would the title "Paralegal" be seen more valuable than a "JD Candidate?"

If you want to be their paralegal I suppose.

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby PeanutsNJam » Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:23 pm

Do not pass cards out. Nobody will care or keep them. Take other people's cards and email them.

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby hdunlop » Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:43 am

yeah you need to abandon this idea, which will only embarrass you.

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby Traynor Brah » Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:47 am

hdunlop wrote:yeah you need to abandon this idea, which will only embarrass you.

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby GoneSouth » Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:03 am

hdunlop wrote:yeah you need to abandon this idea, which will only embarrass you.


There is a perfect correlation between law students I've seen passing out business cards and law students who are tools

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby UnfrozenCaveman » Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:03 pm

I'd go with both titles. Also might as well include "Admission pending to state bar in 2020."

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:07 pm

Business Cards = Try Hard.

I also think they signal you aren't at a top law school. Which if you're not, they'll obviously know, but no need to call further attention to it.

I've seen almost no use of business cards with people at my school and others I work with that come from t14. However, some others I work with that did get law school business cards tended to go to TT/TTT schools. FWIW.

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby Nebby » Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:44 pm

zot1 wrote:
A. Nony Mouse wrote:Wait until you start school and put J.D. Candidate.


This. Also, some schools created business cards for you so that might be a reason to wait.

Business cards are not good for networking because attorneys don't care about your contact information. You want their business card. However, you might want it to meet other peers.

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby gregfootball2001 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:41 pm

Traynor Brah wrote:
hdunlop wrote:yeah you need to abandon this idea, which will only embarrass you.

PeanutsNJam wrote:Do not pass cards out. Nobody will care or keep them. Take other people's cards and email them.

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:56 pm

Also a direct correlation between law students who have business cards and law students who wear a suit to bar review.

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Re: Business Cards: "Paralegal" or "Candidate for Juris Doctor"

Postby Ghostwritethewhip » Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:51 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Business Cards = Try Hard.

I also think they signal you aren't at a top law school. Which if you're not, they'll obviously know, but no need to call further attention to it.

I've seen almost no use of business cards with people at my school and others I work with that come from t14. However, some others I work with that did get law school business cards tended to go to TT/TTT schools. FWIW.


Agree on the general principle that business cards in law school don't really make sense, though I wish I could say the same about how often I've seen people trying to pass out business cards at my T10... Can honestly say that at every reception I went to last semester, there was always at least one person who'd whip out a business card and hand it to the partner s/he'd cornered at the first sign of the attorney trying to escape.



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