Tort Law Paralegal


Role of Tort Paralegal

Erin Brokovich introduced the passion of a tort paralegal to the big screen. Most tort paralegals will not be featured in a film; however, their contribution to each case is just as noteworthy. Just what does a tort paralegal do? Before we address that, let’s take a brief look at Tort Law.

Tort Law

Tort Law addresses the rights, obligations, and remedies that are applied by courts in civil proceedings to provide relief for persons who have suffered harm from the wrongful acts of others. A tort suit is initiated by the victim and not by the state. The person who was injured or who suffered is called the plaintiff. The person who caused the injury or suffering, and is liable for the injury, is called the defendant. 

In order for the tort suit to be prosecutable, the plaintiff must establish three elements:

  • That the defendant was under a legal duty to act in a particular fashion
  • That the defendant breached this duty by failing to conform his or her behavior accordingly
  • That the plaintiff suffered injury or loss as a direct result of the defendant’s breach

To learn more about Tort Law, view the following video on Tort Law Basics, produced by AIPS instructor, Susan Bechard:

What does a Tort Paralegal Do?

It’s important to mention that specific tasks will vary from law firm to law firm; however, there are general tasks we can outline. A tort paralegal may perform the following duties:

  • Assist in trial preparation, including:
  • Scheduling of discovery and depositions                
  • Preparation of trial notebooks
  • Preparation of demonstrative evidence
  • Coordination of schedules with lay and expert witnesses
  • Preparation and serving of subpoenas
  • Assisting in jury selection
  • Draft pleadings, discovery documents, motions, deposition summaries, abstracts, correspondence and legal memorandums under the supervision of an attorney
  • Initiate and conduct investigation and discovery under limited supervision 
  • Maintain and manage confidential file materials, including:
  • Reviewing all documents containing scheduled dates and updates calendars
  • Using case management system to create and maintain electronic files
  • Perform legal research using all available resources to identify the most current and applicable law
  • Organize and present legal research in memorandum form
  • Assist in writing legal briefs

What AIPS 100% Online Paralegal Certificate Program will provide…

  • Relevant law-related training
  • Paralegal Certificate
  • National certification prep
  • CLE classes

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