The nature of paralegal workplaces tend to vary tremendously between offices and organizations, and often depend entirely on the specific nature of the organization or the particular layout of an office or work environment.
Most paralegals do the majority of their work in an office environment, though there are exceptions, which In some instances, if a paralegal is charged with tasks more inclined to research or investigation, they might have to perform a majority of their tasks outside of an office.
Typically, the newer or less experienced a paralegal, the less overall responsibilities they will be charged with in an office environment. If and when they gain experience and prove themselves capable, they will typically be given more responsibilities. Typically, the larger an office, the more specified a paralegal’s duties may be, as there is likely a larger quantity of paralegals to handle specific tasks. It is in these workplaces that it can be more common that paralegals become more stratified, with hierarchies of command that involve certain paralegals overseeing others.
The smaller an organization or office, naturally, the more likely it will be that a paralegal’s duties will cover a broader spectrum of tasks.
Paralegals can vary in the duration and extent of their work. Most corporate environments and large scale firms, as well as public sector government agencies will be far more likely to have paralegals working for them full time on a full time basis. Many part time and some full time paralegals work as freelance paralegals, who are contracted to a particular firm as independent contractors for a specified duration of time.