When the going gets tough, the tough gets going! But that doesn’t come without a lot of help and is no different within Legal Services. A Paralegal supports lawyers with their expertise in administration and legal work to respond to ongoing demands, in what is an intense sector. You go Paralegals!
Depending on the industry and employer that you work for, a Paralegal can hold a variety of specialised responsibilities. Often businesses have their own legal department, so Paralegals are not limited to solely law firms, but many other industries. Generally, you will find Paralegals doing the following:
- Undertaking legal research on cases and identifying relevant information
- Assisting lawyers to prepare and gather information for court cases
- Drafting legal documents, letters and contracts
- Being the first point of contact when dealing with telephone calls and incoming queries
- Transcribing legal opinions and witness statements
- Organising case files and handling client caseloads
Key Skills & Characteristics
A Paralegal should:
- Be well organised, possessing excellent time management and planning skills
- Have strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Have good researching skills whilst having an attention to detail
- Be professional and respect confidentiality of clients
- Be able to work under pressure and prioritise effectively to meet strict deadlines
Unlike becoming a Solicitor or Barrister, specific law qualifications are not essential to become a Paralegal. However, employers favour individuals who have completed a law degree. Essentially, you need a good understanding of the law and legal system, whilst showing an active interest in pursuing a career in law.
Many find becoming a Paralegal provides a good foundation in broadening your career within Legal Services.
Advice From Our Experts
- Learning - It’s an exciting position to start your legal career as you learn a lot from experienced lawyers
- Researching - Looking into cases in-depth and the different stories is probably the most interesting part of the role
- Clients – You get to work with many different people from various backgrounds
- Routine – Some tasks such as paperwork and filing can be quite tedious
- Intense – You’re overloaded with work. Lawyers make the most out of you
- Acknowledgement – At times you can be overlooked of the amount of work you have done