What is a Paralegal?
Paralegals work closely with attorneys, judges, prosecutors, or public defenders. While attorneys assume the ultimate responsibility for legal work, they seek the assistance of paralegals in all phases of case management and trial preparation.
One of the most interesting aspects of the paralegal profession is the variety of assignments, projects, functions and environments that are encompassed within the profession. While many paralegals pursue a traditional career path of law firm employment, it is by no means the only avenue available to those with such a background.
Paralegals work with state and local government agencies, courts, consumer organizations, corporations, banks, finance companies, legal aid offices and clinics, accounting and engineering firms, insurance agencies, real estate and title companies, public relations and advertising agencies, and entertainment production companies. The list is endless.
Paralegals also have the option of specializing in a particular area such as family law, health care, personal injury, civil litigation, corporate law, estate planning, real estate, immigration, environmental protection, civil rights and criminal law, just to name a few.