Episode 76: Can You Really Get a Paralegal Job Without a Paralegal Certificate?

In this guest episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson talks with Jessie Foss, a board-certified trial paralegal who has worked in the legal industry for over 25 years and started her journey without a paralegal certificate.

In the show, Ann and Jessie discuss how to get your foot in the door and advance your career by being proactive and advancing your knowledge along the way.

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Your Actionable Strategy

  1. In this podcast episode, Jessie shares the importance of hands-on experience and being able to apply it to whatever position you are seeking to fill, whether you have a paralegal certificate or not.

  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for support on advancing your career with certifications that can help you level up your skills. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.


Jessie Foss' portrait for the podcast episode on if one can really get a paralegal job without a paralegal certificate.

Meet our Podcast Guest

Jessie Foss is a Board Certified Paralegal in Personal Injury Trial Law and received her certification through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2019. She is also a member of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas. Jessie has over 25 years of litigation experience in civil and personal injury trial law. She is the senior litigation paralegal at Heygood, Orr & Pearson in Dallas, Texas and has been there for nearly 18 years. Jessie assists the partners in case investigation and development, discovery, database management, legal research, trial preparation and courtroom attendance. Her experience includes litigation and pre-litigation in complex multiparty cases involving personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, professional liability, mass tort, construction defect cases, bad faith insurance, business litigation, and breach of contract.

She has been married for 26 years, spends most of her time exploring the outdoors such as hiking, biking and kayaking with her husband, and enjoys doing art projects.

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