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What Does it Take to Become a Paralegal?

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Do you get excited watching Ally McBeal or Erin Brockovich? Do you see your future as Della Street from the Perry Mason novel? Do you seek to garner the perfect blend of education and experience to embark upon a successful paralegal career? Wait! Before you route your career into this extremely lucrative industry, you need to figure out if you have what it takes to become a successful paralegal.

What Do Paralegal Jobs Encompass?

Let us begin with what exactly formulates the duties and responsibilities of a paralegal. Here are some of the most common duties of a paralegal:
 
  • Assisting attorneys in preparation of closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings.
  • Conducting in-depth legal research and identifying appropriate laws.
  • Helping attorneys with the investigation of particular case facts.
  • Conducting client as well as witness interviews.
  • Drafting documents, filing petitions, and attending various correspondences.
  • Attending depositions, execution of wills, and court hearings and trials.
The most important difference between a paralegal and an attorney is that paralegals are not authorized to give legal advice to clients or to represent clients in court. However, the work profile of a paralegal is similar to a new associate’s, and thus they are a valuable asset to any firm.

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