Paralegal

Paralegal:

A person who assists lawyers in their legal work. A paralegal may be employed by a law office or as an independent contractor. Usually, a paralegal has taken a course in an accredited program. A paralegal may become certified by three separate organizations:

  • National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
  • National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
  • American Alliance of Paralegals (AAPI)

Job duties can vary in legal offices for paralegals but they often coordinate investigations, prepare and answer interrogatories and take care of procedural motions and other specialized tasks.

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