Episode 79: Paralegal to Lawyer – An Interview with Sarah Riley Mohr

In this guest episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson talks with Sarah Riley Mohr, Associate Corporate Counsel at Amazon.

Sarah started her career as a paralegal, and she has a great story on her path to law school. Even if you have no desire to go to law school, you will get lots of inspiration and information from this episode!

In the show, Ann and Sarah discuss some key insights that Sarah shares with paralegals from an attorney’s perspective and a paralegal’s perspective, including:

Key Takeaways:

    • One of the most important traits of a paralegal is being able to spot issues and ask the right questions.

    • The ability to take initiative and think critically is an important trait for paralegals to demonstrate to attorneys that they are capable of more substantive work.

    • No task is beneath anyone, but it is also necessary to understand when to delegate to others in order to focus on higher-level work.

    • Attending law school while working as a paralegal requires a significant amount of dedication and time management.

    • Becoming a lawyer after working as a paralegal is possible but requires careful consideration of the costs and benefits.

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In all of our podcast episodes, we try to give paralegals an actionable strategy that they can take away from the show because we know your time is valuable.

Actionable strategy #1: Develop your problem-solving skills, rather than just detecting them. 

Actionable strategy #2: Whether you choose to pursue being a lawyer or an additional certification, know your why and make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. This will help you to overcome any obstacles or challenges you meet along the way. Download our free career development plan template to help you jumpstart your goals.

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Meet our Podcast Guest

Sarah Mohr is currently an Associate Corporate Counsel at Amazon, and is based in Seattle, Washington.  She’s originally from Atlanta and began her legal career as a legal assistant, and later spent several years as a paralegal at Georgia-Pacific. 

Sarah received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, and then attended the part-time law school program at Georgia State University while working full-time as a paralegal at GP.  Following graduation from law school, Sarah worked as an attorney at GP prior to a brief stint in the legal department at Novelis Corporation in Atlanta before joining Amazon in August of 2021. 

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