Paralegals and Legal Assistants
A paralegal is a professional in the legal industry who provides support to attorneys. Also known as legal secretaries, paralegals take care of many basic legal services involved with trials that an attorney would do otherwise. They often play an important role in accumulating important information for a case in an investigative role.
Paralegals work with clients, conduct investigations, prepare, review, summarize legal documents, and attend trials and hearings with attorneys. They are not involved in setting fees, advising clients on legal matters, or presenting cases in court.
Opportunities for paralegals are quickly expanding, faster than the national average. Law firms, lawyers, corporations, and government offices hire paralegals. Some paralegals may work freelance for many different lawyers. Approximately 71% of paralegals are employed by law firms.