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Paralegal Job Description

A paralegal is a lawyer assistant trained in subsidiary legal matters to assist a fully qualified lawyer in providing legal services such as preparing and interpreting legal documents and performing legal research. Paralegals are not lawyers and can only work under the supervision of qualified and licensed lawyers.

A paralegal should be well organized, analytical, methodical, friendly and helpful, and have the ability to carry out research and follow directions specifically. They should be able to communicate effectively to get a message across as intended.

What does a Paralegal do?

Paralegals may do some or all of the following:

Where does a Paralegal work?

Places of work for paralegals include:

Working Conditions

Paralegals usually work normal office, but may sometimes work overtime and weekends to meet deadlines. They work in offices, law libraries and courtrooms. They may travel to visit clients or to attend conferences.

What is Required to Become a Paralegal?

There are no particular entry requirements to become a paralegal, but most employers do prefer to hire candidates with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies, criminal justice or a related discipline.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Paralegals need to have:


Alternative Careers

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