After operating as a one-man shop for three-and-a-half years, I finally received approval to hire some help. I felt like bursting out in a chorus of Hallelujahs!
In my 14-year career, I've been sole in-house counsel to three different companies. With any new hire, the first challenge is to convince your bosses you need the additional manpower.
Candidate No. 3 presented well, but I became suspicious when she declared that she graduated from a certain L.A. law school under a "joint BA/paralegal program." I contacted the school, and sure enough, it never had such a program.