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Paralegal

Paralegals work in the exciting world of law and justice. Paralegals are an integral part of law offices. They perform many of the same tasks that lawyers do, the only difference is that they do not hold legal jurisdiction. Paralegals, or legal assistants as they, are sometimes called, help lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials and other important meetings. One of the biggest tasks that paralegals perform is to research facts and investigate information for cases. Their job is to ensure that all information pertaining to a case is considered so that the lawyer they are working for is prepared to defend his client during a case.

Another responsibility that paralegals have is that they assist lawyers during trials. They retrieve affidavits, draft contracts, and other agreements, and do anything else that lawyers need them to do. Paralegals typically work in specific areas within the firm they are employed. There are several specialty areas, all of which fall into five main categories that include: litigation, estate planning and probate, corporate, employment law/ labor law, and real estate.

Quick Facts:

  • Education Requirements: Certificate or Associate degree in paralegal studies
  • Job Increase: Expected to increase faster than average over the next decade

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