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Most paralegal and legal assistants aquire an associate's degree or a certificate in paralegal studies from a college or vacational school.
Job Description of a Paralegal or Legal Assistant
Most paralegal and legal assistants work for law firms, however, they can be found in organizations of all types as well as government agencies and corporate legal departments. The term for paralegal and legal assistant can be interchangeable. Both would be skilled in the preparation of affidavits, legal correspondence, electronic filing systems and assist in preparing for trial. A paralegal or legal assistant would be responsible for preparing contracts, legal documents, wills and various other documents, such as, real estate closures.
They would need to be informed of and give information on case details to professionals and clients and file pleadings with the court clerk. The paralegal or legal assistant would investigate facts in a case and do research with public records, prepare cases, confirm pertinent sources and analyze research data. The person would coordinate the law office and direct the activity which would include the delivery of subpoenas.
A paralegal or legal assistant would be knowledgeable in transcription, stenography and various other skills for a law office. They should be strong communicators in order to work smoothly and well with superiors, peers and clients. They should also be skilled in reading comprehension, time management and listening. The Bureau of Labor Statistics project a 17 percent growth in this career field.