You're A Para-What?

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Being a paralegal is all about providing support to attorneys.

But how do you know if you’d actually enjoy being a paralegal? What exactly does the job entail?

How Do Paralegals Contribute?

Paralegals provide clerical support to lawyers and act as a communication bridge between clients, other lawyers, court systems, or even corporations.

The result? Paralegals organize information and help lawyers look great at their jobs! 

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The Actual Job

Paralegals are often responsible for:

Assisting with trial preparation. By performing legal research and interviewing witnesses.

Performing secretarial duties. By organizing files, incoming mail and writing correspondence.

Using critical thinking skills. By organizing and analyzing information and editing legal forms.

Acting as a liaison. By coordinating activities between clients, law offices, courts and corporations.

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Where Can You Work As A Paralegal?

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  • Law Firms

  • Courts

  • Government

  • Corporations

  • Non-Profit Organizations

  • Real Estate

Quiz

Which of these jobs probably hires paralegals?

You'll Love It If...

  • You have great communication skills and are able to collaborate with many different groups of people.

  • You thrive in a fast-paced, and high-stress environment and can work on many projects at the same time.

  • You have a strong interest in research and analyzing documents.

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Look For Another Career Path If...

  • You don't like juggling multiple tasks at one time.

  • If you don't like adhering to strict deadlines and have trouble with attention to detail.

  • You do not like the idea of sitting behind a desk for most of the day and staring at a computer screen.

But Will It Pay The Bills?

American flag In the U.S., the average salary for paralegals is $48,000 USD.

Canadian flag In Canada, the average salary for paralegals is $60,000 CAD

Pick The Future Paralegal

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Janie

  • Very detail oriented, likes to do research in her spare time.

  • Friends always look to her to organize and plan group activities

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Tony

  • Hates sitting in front of a computer for a long period of time.

  • Has trouble multi-tasking

Quiz

Who sounds like the best fit for a paralegal career path?

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