What does a Paralegal do?
A paralegal works within a legal environment, usually
directly supporting one or more solicitors, but is not fully
qualified as a barrister, solicitor or legal executive. This
can be within a law firm, for a commercial company or in
the public sector.
Most paralegals specialise in
a particular and narrow area of the law, for example
conveyancing, probate or family law. Duties vary
depending on the area they are working in. However,
most positions involve:
- document and contract drafting
- attending court
up to date with legal developments
- handling a
- providing legal advice and customer
- general clerical work.
commercial company the position may involve some
company secretarial work and corporate management.
Experienced and senior paralegals in a law firm
may take on a very similar role to that of a solicitor (see
Solicitor profile for more details).
What's the working environment like working as a Paralegal?
Paralegals usually work Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm,
although longer hours may be required in order to meet
deadlines. Most of the work is office base, although
there may be a need to attend court or external
Part-time and temporary work is
What does it take to become a Paralegal?
To be a paralegal you should:
- have a thorough
knowledge of law and the legal system
excellent spoken and written communication skills
- be accurate and pay attention to detail
able to work on your own initiative in a pressurised
- be comfortable organising your own
workload in order to meet tight deadlines
numeracy and administration skills
- be computer
literate and able to conduct research.
Paralegal Career Opportunities
If you would like to know anything about Paralegal that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.National Association of Licensed Paralegals
9 Unity Street
Tel: 0117 927 7077
www.nationalparalegals.comILEX Paralegal Programmes
Tel: 01234 841000
www.ilexpp.co.ukScottish Paralegal Association
26 Drumsheugh Gardens
www.scottish-paralegal.org.ukPeterborough Regional College
Tel: 01733 767366