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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:


  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Government Agencies
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Non-Profit
  • 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


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