About the Paralegal Profession
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Paralegal and Legal Assistant are titles used interchangeably to describe individuals who work side-by-side with attorneys and other professionals in the practice of law. While attorneys assume ultimate responsibility for legal work, they often delegate many of their tasks to paralegals. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
Whether in the office, in the library or in court, paralegals are active in nearly every aspect of law. Working under an attorney’s supervision, your job responsibilities can include interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting and processing legal documents, and conducting legal research.
One of a paralegal’s most important tasks is helping attorneys prepare for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. Paralegals 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. After they analyze the information, paralegals may prepare written reports that attorneys use in determining how cases should be handled.