Before I became a lawyer, I was a paralegal. I served a good 5 years as a paralegal even when I already had my law degree and I already passed the BAR exam. You see, I needed to get into the firm that I wanted to work for but there was no opening for associates, so I became a paralegal. This is where most of my career started. As a paralegal, you’re expected to do a lot of reading and researching – two skills being ignored completely by lawyers. If you can’t hone your researching skills, you’ll never succeed in law.
For law students, the most important aspect of research is to know exactly what you’re looking for. You also need to learn about skimming, or rather, the ability to browse through a series of texts to find what you’re looking for without having to understand the words. It’s like reading, but you’re not taking the context to heart. You’re like a manual search engine or searching machine.
Skimming can be a great help because it helps you to browse through a lot of texts in a short period of time. You only need to find keywords or phrases that will help you in your research.