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Working as Paralegal for Government organizations

published February 28, 2005

Ursula Furi-Perry
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Friendly towards entry-level candidates, government organizations are a good place to get started; they also offer internships to students and recent graduates. "The opportunities in the public sector are great for someone just entering the field. It is a great place to gain experience, network, and learn the system," said Mary Donovan, Support for Juvenile and District Court Assistant District Attorneys in Lowell, MA. "Paralegals who work for municipal government work on many of the same issues as paralegals who work in the private sector, only with a different perspective," explained Tobie Cioccia, local government paralegal for the City of Portsmouth, VA, and President of the Local Government Paralegal Association of Virginia (LGPA.) "Our client is also our employer, similar to in-house counsel."
 
Working as Paralegal for Government organizations

Besides district, county, and city attorneys' offices, paralegals may find jobs at administrative agencies, courthouses, lobby groups, and community-based organizations. The role of legal staff in these arenas can range from administrative support to legal research, from obtaining and indexing evidence to analyzing files. Government paralegals may research and organize information that serves the general public; some qualified and authorized paralegals may even represent people at agency hearings or aid those who can't afford traditional legal representation. "Paralegals are also qualified to work in various departments within local government that would utilize their paralegal skills and knowledge, [like] risk management or human resources, but would not be classified as a paralegal," Ms. Cioccia pointed out.

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