Paralegal Job Description

The paralegal job description can be used for anyone providing legal support, an attorney or other related legal practice.  There are also statements on this paralegal job description that can be used by lawyers. The paralegal plays a vital role in the legal profession, providing essential support to lawyers and law firms.

They assist with various tasks, such as conducting legal research, drafting legal documents, and organizing case files. Paralegals also assist in preparing for trials and hearings, including interviewing witnesses and organizing evidence. They are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of client information and ensuring that all legal documents are accurate and filed on time.

Additionally, Paralegals may help with administrative tasks, such as scheduling appointments and managing correspondence. Their attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and knowledge of legal procedures make them indispensable members of the legal team.

Alternate job titles:

Legal Assistant, Legal Secretary, Legal Analyst, Legal Researcher, Legal Administrator, Legal Support Professional, Legal Clerk, Legal Document Specialist

Common Job Duties - Paralegal

Statements of Responsibility

– Conducting legal research and analysis
– Assisting with case preparation and document drafting
– Reviewing and organizing legal documents and evidence
– Drafting and filing legal documents, such as pleadings and motions
– Assisting attorneys in trial preparation and attending court hearings
– Interviewing clients and witnesses to gather information
– Maintaining case files and managing document databases
– Assisting in the investigation of facts and gathering evidence
– Conducting client interviews and maintaining client communication
– Assisting with legal correspondence and communication with opposing counsel
– Managing deadlines and coordinating case calendars
– Assisting with legal document production and discovery requests
– Organizing and summarizing deposition transcripts and witness statements
– Assisting in the preparation of trial exhibits and visual aids
– Conducting legal and factual research using online databases and resources
– Assisting with legal administrative tasks, such as billing and timekeeping
– Drafting and reviewing contracts, agreements, and other legal documents
– Assisting in the preparation of legal briefs and memoranda
– Coordinating with experts and consultants for case preparation
– Assisting in the preparation of settlement agreements and negotiation strategies
– Assisting in the preparation of estate planning documents
– Maintaining client confidentiality and adhering to ethical guidelines
– Assisting with legal marketing and business development activities
– Performing administrative tasks, such as answering phones and scheduling appointments
– Assisting with the preparation of real estate transactions and closings
– Conducting title searches and reviewing property records
– Assisting with intellectual property filings and trademark registrations
– Providing support during arbitration and mediation proceedings
– Updating and maintaining legal libraries and resources
– Assisting with legal compliance and regulatory matters

Common Job Skills - Paralegal Job Description

Statements of Expertise

– Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
– Excellent research and analytical skills
– Attention to detail and accuracy
– Proficiency in using legal databases and research tools
– Knowledge of legal terminology and procedures
– Ability to organize and manage legal documents and files
– Time management and prioritization skills
– Strong problem-solving and critical thinking abilities
– Ability to work independently and as part of a team
– Strong interpersonal skills for interacting with clients, attorneys, and other legal professionals
– Ethical and professional conduct
– Proficiency in using computer software and technology relevant to the legal field
– Ability to handle confidential information with discretion
– Adaptability and flexibility to handle changing priorities and deadlines
– Strong organizational and administrative skills
– Knowledge of court rules and procedures.

Paralegal Job Requirements

Experience Required

– A minimum of an associate’s degree in paralegal studies or a related field
– Strong research and analytical skills
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills
– Proficiency in legal terminology and procedures
– Knowledge of relevant laws and regulations
– Familiarity with legal software and databases
– Attention to detail and accuracy
– Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks
– Prior experience working as a paralegal or in a legal environment (typically 1-3 years)
– Strong organizational and time management skills

Paralegal Jobs - Who Employs?

Description of Company

A law firm or legal department typically employs a paralegal. Other types of companies that may hire paralegals include corporate legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

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