The primary role of a Paralegal is to support Lawyers in their work, meaning paralegal jobs can involve a range of duties which cover many different aspects of the legal profession.
A Paralegal’s key responsibilities may include taking statements from witnesses, interviewing clients and relaying relevant information, researching cases and any pertinent legal information required, presenting applications to judges and helping lawyers prepare for court cases, including opening and closing arguments and aiding in court pleadings or motions.
Paralegal jobs also involve a number of administrative duties, including filing cases and handling client caseloads, as well as drafting documents and letters such as mortgages, sale agreements, and trust agreements.
Working in the private and public sector, as well as law firms, It’s fair to say that a Paralegal is typically involved in a significant amount of legal work, possessing the opportunity to specialise in a specific area of law, such as criminal, corporate or banking.
Paralegal Jobs - The skills and experience you need
As a paralegal, you’ll be expected to have a good understanding of the law and legal systems along with the practical skills needed to perform legal tasks.
Paralegal jobs involve excellent time management skills to meet strict deadlines for court hearings, as well as the ability to communicate to a high standard with clients, other paralegals, and lawyers, court staff and Judges. Working closely with other Paralegals, Solicitors, Barristers, experts, and co-workers, a strong emphasis on collaboration and teamwork is vital to thrive as a Paralegal.
As a Paralegal, you must also have a significant level of patience, sensitivity and tact to handle confidential and sensitive information, fostering trust from clients and witnesses based upon your integrity as a Paralegal professional.
A career as a Paralegal
Paralegal jobs serve as an excellent introduction to the wider legal profession, and becoming a Paralegal is perhaps the most commonly pursued stepping stone for individuals who wish to progress to a different area of law further down the line.
As a Paralegal, you may continue to develop in your role or build your expertise in a particular area of law and work towards a senior Paralegal position. Alternatively, some Paralegals pursue training to qualify as a Solicitor.