Career outlook for paralegal
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You’d provide legal services and advice in a specific area of the law and help solicitors with their work.You would work under the supervision of a solicitor.
You would not be qualified as a solicitor but your work could be similar. It would range from administrative and legal secretarial tasks to doing research and providing legal information to clients. You would usually specialise in one area of law such as employment law, residential conveyancing, family law or executries.
As well as joining a law firm there are a variety of other places you could work, including:
- In the public or not-for-profit sector, for example as an adviser at Citizens Advice, a charity or a trade union
- In the civil and criminal courts, police forces and enforcement organisations like trading standards departments
- In a private company where you might advise on business law or managing contracts, or deal with personal injury or road traffic accident claims
Your exact duties would depend on where you work and your level of responsibility.
As a junior paralegal you would:
- Prepare legal documents
- Do research
- Do typing, filing and other general office tasks.
As a more experienced paralegal you would:
- Provide quotes to clients
- Interview clients and witnesses
- Give legal information to clients
- Go to court
- Manage different cases at the same time
Patience and tact are important as you would work with a variety of clients, some of whom may be anxious about their legal situation.
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- Attention to detail
- Time management
- Making decisions
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