A Practicing Paralegal
What you need to perform paralegal tasks!
What does a typical day look like to a practicing paralegal? Each area of law dictates the particulars of a paralegal’s day; however, there are some daily tasks that carry over from office to office. Let’s begin by defining a paralegal, for those of you who are researching the profession.
The Definition of a Paralegal
The following definition is provided by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) www.nala.org:
Legal assistants (also known as paralegals) are a distinguishable group of persons who assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Through formal education, training, and experience, legal assistants have knowledge and expertise regarding the legal system and substantive and procedural law which qualify them to do work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney.
A paralegal assists attorneys and cannot practice law. However, there are many things a paralegal can do under attorney supervision.
- Call clients, opposing counsel, court personnel, mediator, witnesses, etc., to arrange meetings, interviews, depositions and hearings
Research and Investigation:
- Investigate case facts
- Gather supportive evidence
- Interview witnesses
- Conduct legal research on laws, regulations and legal articles
Document Preparation and Case Management:
- Draft correspondence and pleadings
- Organize and maintain case files
For more information about this profession, in general, go to the Bureau of Labor Stat
How Paralegal Training Benefits Your Marketability
NALA’s definition states a paralegal is qualified through formal education, training and experience to perform law-related work under an attorney’s supervision. Consider asking yourself the following questions:
What training is necessary?
- Relevant law-related training applicable to the paralegal profession
What do you need to be highly competitive in the job market?
- You need a Paralegal Certificate
- You need national certification, such as NALA’s Certified Paralegal credential
“This program will allow me to take my certification exam through NALA. That is what will make the biggest impact on my career. Since I have focused my career on working in a large law firm, credentials are important...” B. Curran June 2012 grad
What should you look for in a paralegal school?
- An engaging, challenging and applicable curriculum
- Support for graduates pursuing national certification and specialization
The AIPS Approach
- Paralegal Certificate upon graduation
- 100% online interactive format
- Challenging and relevant curriculum
- Prep course for NALA CP Exam
Next class begins August 20!