duties for which a paralegal can be called upon
can be extremely extensive and varied, as the paralegals on a hole form a
diverse marketplace. Paralegals
are also found in many different organizations: from regular law firms, to
government offices, to corporate legal departments, to real estate agencies, to
non-profit groups, and so on.
anyone entering the paralegal industry will be charged with a high degree of
administrative work, at least at the beginning of one’s tenure with an
organization (usually, greater responsibilities are given to paralegals as
means of reward for a standard of service).
strong communication and writing skills, as well as competencies in how to
function in an office.
A strong understanding and capacity for
clerical work is also necessary for a paralegal, since a great deal of work is
based either on filing and organization. Typical legal actions involve
tremendous amounts of paperwork, and paralegals can often be charged with their
organization and accessibility for later periods.
Most paralegals serve a central purpose of
trying to accomplish much of the work that is usually the domain of a lawyer,
which often centers on executing many of the research and drafting duties that
can task an average attorney’s time. This means most paralegals will be
required to be able to write and research, which involves not only a basic
understanding of the law, but an ability to analyze written material.
Paralegals can be expected to do a number of
tasks, but many are based on these fundamentally basic duties and abilities.
From there, they can undertake more precise tasks and duties, some of which
deserve further elaboration.