What It Takes To Be A Paralegal or Legal Assistant

 

3Thinking about a career being a paralegal? This is one fast growing career field and you can be able to get into this field with a few years of schooling and specialized training. After training you will be able to work in a law firm where you will be doing research, interviewing witnesses, and doing summaries for the courts among other duties. It is a career that you will love. The job outlook for paralegals is growing faster than most jobs.

Training Needed

Many colleges will have classes for paralegal studies. You will learn how to conduct legal research, learn legal software and learn legal terms. You can become a paralegal with an associate degree, or you can go further in school and get a bachelor’s degree.

Job Duties

Paralegals or legal assistants will do a variety of duties they are supporting the lawyers and they will do legal research, draft documents, organize files, interview witnesses. They may have to work overtime sometimes when there is a looming deadline that has to be met.

Skills Needed

Customer service skills are needed as they will come into contact with many clients throughout their shifts. They will have to be able to multi-task as they may be working on several different cases at one time and will have to be able to stay organized and be able to file information. They have to be able to research, and have good communication skills to communicate with the clients and the other staff members.