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Lawyers are busy people. We may not always realize it, but the laws which govern our society are far-reaching. They apply not only to criminal acts, but to matters as varied as making a will, running a business, or driving an automobile. The constant demand for legal advice and services means that lawyers need capable people to help them. If you have an interest in the legal system, then you may be suited to a career as a paralegal.

Paralegals can assist lawyers in many ways. Court cases and hearings create a lot of work. You might find yourself preparing documents, researching laws and previous cases, or drafting arguments for a lawyer to use. Your law firm would rely on your ability to produce the right paperwork at the right time, and adhere to deadlines. Outside court you might advise clients on mortgages, wills, and contracts. Some paralegals are entrusted with the office management of a law practice.

You need a good training in the law to work as a paralegal. If you already have a degree, then you can study for a paralegal certificate. Otherwise, a good route into paralegal work is to earn an associate degree. A two-year associate degree program will give you a thorough grounding in the legal expertise you will need. As the job outlook for paralegals is very good, an associate degree will offer you the chance to develop a secure, interesting, and well-paid career.

Publish date: February 10, 2011