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What is a Paralegal and What do They do?

Paralegal in Arizona Working on Legal Documents

You can think of a Paralegal as an Assistant to an Attorney, much like a Medical Assistant is the Assistant to a Doctor, and a Dental Assistant is the Assistant to the Dentist.

Paralegal’s work under the supervision of a licensed attorney and are not able to give legal advice but have a large variety of job duties and career opportunities.  If you love the law, want a stable well-paying rewarding career becoming a Paralegal is an excellent choice! In fact, the median annual wage for paralegals and legal assistants was $52,920 in May 2020. With experience, Paralegals can make upward of $85,000 per year. Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

Paralegals perform a variety of tasks to support attorneys. Typical duties of a Paralegal include:

  • Conducting client interviews and scheduling appointments
  • Performing legal research
  • Drafting legal documents and pleadings
  • Preparing correspondence and sending client emails
  • Summarizing meetings, depositions, interrogatories and testimony
  • Filing documents with courts, state and county agencies
  • Publishing notices and arranging for service of documents
  • Preparing client portfolios, trail notebooks and attending client meetings

Paralegals are found in all types of organizations, but most work for law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies. They usually work full time and in very professional environments. Important qualities for a Paralegal to acquire include, communication skills, computer skills, interpersonal skills, organizational skill and research skills.

Arizona does not have any education or certification requirements to work as a Paralegal.  Traditionally, Paralegal Education options include attending a two-year Paralegal Program through a trade school or community college or attending a 6-month Certificate Program after obtaining a bachelor’s degree. However, Altrain Medical and Dental Assisting Academy has created another option!  Altrain is now offering a 5-month Legal Assistant/Paralegal Program that awards a Certificate of Completion in Legal Assisting and prepares you to take the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certified Paralegal exam.  This program focuses on hands-on training and provides you with the skills you won’t be able to obtain anywhere else! Altrain’s program is taught by Paralegal’s with more than 40 years of combined experience.  You won’t just be told what the job of a Paralegal is, you will be shown and then allowed the opportunity to practice these tasks every day in class.  This type of training will allow you to be an immediate contributor to any law firm after completion of the Legal Assistant program.

References:
1. US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm
2. US Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2018 Occupational Employment and Wages, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes232011.htm

 

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