Lawyer and Paralegals

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Paralegals may not be the head honcho in the courtroom before a judge and jury. The behind the scene work that a paralegal performs is crucial to a lawyer. Looking at all the tasks that paralegals are responsible for doing, people will definitely realize that paralegals are important to the legal process, almost to the same degree of the work that the attorney is doing. Paralegals do almost everything that lawyers do, except give legal advice or present cases in court. Most of the work paralegals do is behind-the-scenes, which is why they rarely get the praise that the lawyer does.
Job Description
Paralegals often perform legal tasks such as researching and investigating facts, drafting motions, preparing
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Legal aid, which works with low income and elderly people, may also hire paralegals to continue to offer legal services at a lower cost, then if they were to hire lawyers. An increase in the number of prepaid legal plans will also increase the need for paralegals. A person pays a monthly fee and has a legal service when they need them. With the way the current economy is, paralegals just like any other profession may work fewer hours or be laid off. However, some legal services may increase because of bankruptcies, business closings, and divorces. Since paralegals are paid less than lawyers, their positions may be more secure. “In Illinois, employment of paralegals will increase much faster than average through 2018. About 330 job openings are expected each year. Paralegal is one of the top 50 fastest growing occupations in Illinois” (Illinois career information (Employment and outlook), 2011).
Advancement Opportunities
As with other professions, the way to advance in a career is based on performance. “Paralegals will receive more responsibilities and less supervision as they have more knowledge and experience. For example, senior paralegals who work in large law firms, corporations, or government offices will get the chance to supervise junior paralegals and legal secretaries, and will delegate work to them. Paralegals may get the opportunity for advancement through a promotion to a management position within a law firm or legal department” (Paralegal career paths,
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