Career Growth: By the Numbers
What Does A Paralegal Do?
- Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system.
- Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
- Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case.
- Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
- Investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public records, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
- Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
- Keep and monitor legal volumes to ensure that law library is up-to-date.
Paralegals Are Employed in A Variety of Industries
It is a common misconception that paralegals work exclusively in law firms. Paralegals are employed in a wide variety of industries including:
- Government Agencies
- Oil and Gas
- Protective Services (Police and Detectives)
- Real Estate
Sample of Reported Job Titles
- Law Clerk
- Legal Analyst
- Immigration Paralegal
- Legal Assistant
- Paralegal Specialist
- Real Estate Paralegal