Paralegals and Legal Assistants
On the Job
Paralegals and Legal Assistants work under the direction of lawyers. They investigate legal facts, conduct research, and prepare legal paperwork.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Evaluate information related to legal matters in public or personal records.
- Research relevant legal materials to aid decision making.
- Represent the interests of clients in legal proceedings.
- Confer with court staff to clarify information.
- Meet with individuals involved in legal processes to provide information and clarify issues.
- Maintain the order of legal documents.
- Prepare legal documents.
- Arbitrate disputes between parties to resolve legal conflicts.
- Coordinate legal schedules or activities.
Typical Working Conditions
- Writing letters and memos.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Working with a group or team.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
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