While lawyers assume ultimate responsibility for legal work, they often delegate many of their tasks to paralegals. In fact, paralegals also called legal assistants are continuing to assume a growing range of tasks in legal offices and perform many of the same tasks as lawyers. One of a paralegals most important tasks is helping lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. Paralegals might investigate the facts of cases and ensure that all relevant information is considered. They also identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other materials that are relevant to assigned cases. Most entrants have an associate degree in paralegal studies, or a bachelors degree coupled with a certificate in paralegal studies. Some employers train paralegals on the job.
Publish date: June 18, 2009