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KEY SKILLS

  • Inquisitive

  • Administration

  • Multitask

  • Drafting

  • Organisation

  • Research

  • Handle Pressure

  • Effective Communication

  • An eye for technicalities

  • Legal Writing

  • Poised

  • Computer skills

  • Professionalism

PROS


  • 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

CONS

  • 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

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Firms

  • Advocates

  • Corporations

  • Mulltinational companies

  • Legal-commercial strategies

  • Government

  • Community Legal Service

  • 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

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