Paralegals assist attorneys by maintaining, filing records and arranging papers, summoning legal witnesses, maintaining a legal library, and more. They are also known as legal assistants or legal secretaries. They can work for a family law firm, a corporate legal department, a corporate in-house solicitor, a personal injury attorney, a real estate attorney, and several other types of lawyers.
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An eye for technicalities
The tasks of a paralegal are always evolving and include various fields, it is not restrictive
The paralegal field is one of the fastest-growing professions on the globe
Unlike lawyers who must complete seven years of formal education and pass the bar exam to practice law, you can become a paralegal in as little as a few months of study.
Paralegal work is intellectually challenging and involves a range of high-level skills.
There's a scope for management roles in corporations
The informal counseling and support they provide to troubled clients are some of the most rewarding aspects of the job
The proximity to the clients, provides several networking opportunities
The job of a paralegal is quite undervalued
More than often you will be viewed simply as a "legal secretary"
There's very little space for personal developemnt
The hours can be long and exhausting, subject to the demands of the firm or the ongoing cases
Any miniscule mistake on your behalf can have severe consequences, maybe even lead to accusation of malpractice
Not all attorneys are nice, and not all of them are ethical
When you are on the sidelines, you just have to silently sit by and observe the injustices happening without being able to do anything
GOT WHAT IT TAKES?
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You love being in the background
Reserach is your strong suit
You are very particular about organised files and paperwork
You love interacting with different people
You love being over-prepared
You are a deadline cop
You work effectively under pressure