“A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”
[Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals, Effective September 1, 2013 at page 3]What tasks will I complete in my career as a paralegal?
A paralegal is an essential member of the legal team. A paralegal, or legal assistant, will work under the supervision of an attorney to assist in a variety of tasks, including:
Which types of employers hire paralegals?
- Client interviews
- Legal research
- Case file management
- Trial preparation
- Drafting complaints and pleadings
- Client correspondence
- Assist with preparation briefs, wills and contracts
- Electronic case filing
- Investigate facts
- Analyze case law and statutes
Paralegals can work in every area of the law. Paralegals, and similar professionals, may work for the following employers:
Where can I learn more about LEI Paralegal Graduates?
- State government
- Federal government
- Solo practitioner/ attorney
- Law firm
- Legal Department of a corporation
- Administrative Agencies (such as Social Security Administration)
- Court house
Graduates of Widener Law Center’s Legal Education Institute have pursued a variety of paralegal career options in the legal field. Please view this link to learn more about a selection of LEI Paralegal Alumni who are employed in the Delaware Valley region.