Responsibilities of paralegals in many areas are similar to that of attorneys. Essentially they are paraprofessionals who have the required qualification and experience to assist licensed lawyers. Becoming a paralegal does not take too long and the certification can be received in about 2 years from commencement of paralegal studies.
Paralegals perform a multitude of tasks day in and day out. Majority of their time is spent in performing backend operations such as providing support to attorneys in legal matters which will help the business (or governmental organization) in raising the level of efficiency. These tasks can be related to preparing briefs, letters, memos, research related work for trials, hearings and all other sorts of legal documentation that will help attorneys in their cases. Paralegals can also assist attorneys in preparing drafts, various case arguments and defenses, and also writing affidavits.
Areas in which government paralegals or other types of paralegals cannot participate, as per government laws, is the provision of any form of legal advice to a client or deciding the fees that will be charged. Also, they are not allowed to act as attorneys and present a case within any court of law.
More important than anything else, professionals employed in government paralegal jobs
and paralegal jobs in general have to perform several tasks daily. So, they need to have the ability to handle pressure and deadlines. A faint hearted person is ill suited for this sort of profession. Due to the enhancement of internet and computer technology, government paralegals have to be in tune with the latest technology trends and must possess aptitude for software and programs related to the legal profession. Linked to this is the need to be well-informed about various policies and laws of the particular government agency in which a government paralegal job is based. Finally, government paralegals must be superb communicators and needs to possess skills related to interviewing, negotiation and analysis of information pertaining to the clients' cases.