Paralegal assistants help lawyers prepare for meetings and trials. Paralegal assistants will ensure that all of the correct paperwork is filled out before a trial or hearing is going to happen. In addition to organizing paperwork, a paralegal assistant will work with a lawyer's clients. Answering phones and talking to clients about any simple concerns regarding appointment times and dates are things a paralegal assistant does on a daily basis.
At times, paralegal assistants may work on some accounting tasks, depending on the law firm the paralegal assistant is working in. Simple tasks, such as keeping the lawyer’s office clean and keeping track of the inventory of paper goods, are sometimes the paralegal assistant's duties.
At the minimum, an associate’s degree is normally required, and a bachelor’s degree may also be needed. Certification programs are offered in different types of judicial and law subject categories at community colleges, which are beneficial to learning the basics of the trade. It would be wise for a future paralegal assistant to be technology savvy, as much of the work completed will via computers and simple word processing programs. Organizational and interpersonal skills are also invaluable for a paralegal assistant. Paralegal assistants will need to work closely with the general public, so a good listening ear and patience are great virtues also.
Paralegal Assistant Tasks
Write drafts of motions, procedures, statements and other documents.
Maintain, organize and update files.
Draw up standard paperwork, documents, and forms needed for cases.
Research cases and laws.
Provide legal and research support for attorneys.