What does a Paralegal do?
Paralegals perform various duties and tasks that directly support lawyers or legal teams, including creating, maintaining, and organizing their files, conducting relevant research, and drafting documents. Paralegals help lawyers and legal teams to prepare for their presentations. They are called upon to do investigation and fact-finding, and to research the relevant laws, regulations, and articles that pertain to their cases.
Paralegals gather evidence and arrange legal documents for review and case preparation. They write and summarize reports, and draft correspondence and legal documents including contracts. They also gather affidavits and formal statements that might be used as evidence in court. Paralegals handle exhibits, take notes, and are responsible for the review of trial transcripts, interviews, and depositions. They also arrange meetings with relevant parties including clients and witnesses, lawyers, outside vendors. Paralegals keep track of and file legal documents including exhibits, briefs, and appeals with the court or with opposing counsel. Paralegals need a high school diploma or equivalent and training and certification as a paralegal.
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a paralegal
When working as a paralegal, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Paralegal Certificate, Microsoft Office Suite, Filing, Outlook and Excellent Communication.
- Legal Analyst
- Law Clerk
- Legal Assistant
- Legal Secretary
The most common qualifications to become a paralegal is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.