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Paralegal Jobs - Overview and Information

  • Published: 2009-03-09 (Revised/Updated 2011-03-19) : Sarah Lois.
  • Synopsis: If you have an analytical mind then a career as a paralegal can be immensely satisfying

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If you have an analytical mind then a career as a paralegal can be immensely satisfying. One of the most important tasks of paralegals are to help lawyers prepare for hearings, trials, corporate meetings and closings. Paralegals perform vetting of the facts of the case and ensure that all information was considered important.

Overview

Although attorneys are primarily responsible for legal court work, very often paralegals are assigned to their responsibilities. One of the most important tasks of paralegals are to help lawyers prepare for hearings, trials, corporate meetings and closings. Paralegals perform vetting of the facts of the case and ensure that all information was considered important. In addition to this preparatory work, which perform a number of other important functions. For example, help in drafting contracts, separation agreements, instruments of trust and mortgages.

Work Areas

Many organizations require the expertise of paralegals. Law firms, legal departments of big business houses and government offices to use the services of paralegals. Within these organizations, working in different aspects of law enforcement, such as corporate law, personal injury, property, family law, employee benefits and even criminal law. Since the law has increased in complexity, paralegals now also specialize in service. Paralegal in corporate and public sector tends to be a normal working 40 hours a week.

Training

There are several ways to become a paralegal. The most common is a paralegal program at a community college as it develops in an associate's degree. The other common method is through a certification program in paralegal studies. Bachelor's and master's degree in paralegal studies are also available in a number of schools. Some employers train paralegals. Who hire college graduates with no legal experience and hands-on training.

Nearly 1,000 colleges and universities, proprietary schools and law schools offer formal training. Graduation from a program with the ABA (American Bar Association) approval can improve employment opportunities. Familiarity with the technical knowledge and operation of computers are also essential in paralegal work. Internet and software are used regularly to the literature of legal research databases and save. Therefore, a course of operations can be very useful and almost indispensable.

Employment prospects

Employment for paralegals is expected to grow much faster in the future. Employers are trying to reduce costs by hiring paralegals to take care of a number of tasks previously performed by lawyers. Experienced, formally trained paralegals have the best employment opportunities. Insurance companies, banks, estate agents and title insurance companies are now hiring paralegals. The demand for paralegals will increase with the expanding population of the demand for legal services.

Gaining Perspective

Income from paralegals and legal assistants vary. Salaries are based on experience, education, training, type and size of firm and geographic location. In general, paralegals who work for large law firms or in large cities and metropolitan areas generally earn more than those working in smaller companies or remote regions. In addition to salary, many companies offer a bonus system for paralegals. The average starting salary may be around $ 30,000. Even the lowest paid is about $ 26,000, while the principle that as much as $ 60,000 or more.

After five years of experience, average wage increases. The average salary paralegal support for the top may increase to as much as $ 80,000 in five years.

If you have an analytical mind, and as a law, then a career as a paralegal can be immensely satisfying.



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