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Paralegals and Legal Assistants

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Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

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A paralegal job description includes doing some of the grunt work for a lawyer - researching evidence and verifying facts; finding related cases, laws, and legal articles; writing reports; and helping with the final preparations for a hearing. Though a paralegal job description may overlap that of a Lawyer Job Description, a lawyer is licensed to give legal advice, negotiate a price for service, and present a case before a judge or jurors. The specific duties included in a paralegal job description will vary depending on the work setting, including the size and type of firm or agency, as well as years of experience and other factors. A paralegal job description may be general or specialized for a certain industry or law practice.

According to a recent PayScale Paralegal Survey, a common career path for paralegals involves starting out as a Legal Assistant or Legal Secretary. After working in a paralegal job for about five years, many advance to working in a Senior Paralegal position. To research your own paralegal job description, or to find job titles, descriptions, and salaries for other positions, take our free Salary Survey.

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