Disputes are a part of life. Civil disputes – those that are not criminal in nature – often must be litigated. Civil litigation attorneys and supporting staff, which include paralegals, guide clients through each step of this complicated process.
Civil Litigation – A Definition
Civil Litigation is the proceeding for a legal dispute between two or more parties where money damages are sought.
Civil Litigation Practice Areas
Civil Litigation attorneys are found in private firms and in government agencies. Follow this link to view an actual civil litigation law firm: http://leesmart.com/ourfirm.htm. Following is a list of the many practice areas that may involve civil litigation:
- Accounting Malpractice
- Automobile Liability
- Construction Litigation
- Employment Law
- Health Law
- Homeowner Liability
- Insurance Practice
- Medical Malpractice
- Municipal Liability
- Real Estate Malpractice
Role of Civil Litigation Paralegal
The specifics of the paralegal’s job, of course, depend on the practice area of the supervising attorney. Following is a list of Essential Duties and Responsibilities found on a Civil Litigation Paralegal job posting:
- Must be professional, organized and pro-active with excellent communication skills. Knowledge of Concordance, CaseMap and TextMap is a plus!
- Must be a fast-learner, team-oriented, articulate, proactive, and calm under pressure
- Attention to detail and pride in producing exceptional work
- Proficient with Microsoft Office (including Word, Outlook and Excel) and Adobe
- Experience with litigation applications, including Concordance, CaseMap, TextMap and Lexis/Nexis
- Able to work independently, shift focus and adapt to changing priorities
- Excellent interpersonal, case management, organizational, planning, verbal and written communication skills
- Must manage confidential information with professionalism and unquestionable integrity
- Assist with trial preparation, including preparation of jury instructions, trial exhibits and trial binders
- Experience in preparation and service of subpoenas, pleadings and discovery, summarizing medical records and setting up/ scheduling depositions
- Assemble and file motions and other legal documents with the court
- Thorough knowledge of federal and state court rules and procedures
Check out the following AIPS video: The Paralegal’s Role in Litigation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-YRScNjDps)
What You Need
A law-related knowledge base and paralegal skill set is imperative in any area of law. A Paralegal Certificate and national certification (www.nala.org) is highly beneficial!
AIPS 100% Online Paralegal Certificate Program
- Applicable and relevant curriculum designed for you!
- Business Law
- Legal Research
- Criminal Law
- Workshops: Lexis, Ethics, Law Office Skills, Administrative Law, Writing, Citation, Judgment & Analysis
- CP (Certified Paralegal) Test Prep Course for NALA CP Exam