Paralegals & Legal Assistants


Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.
Also called: Law Associate, Legal Assistant, Paralegal, Paralegal Specialist

Knowledge:

    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
    Business
  • administrative services
  • customer service
    Safety and Government
  • law and government
    Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
    Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology:

    Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • CaseSoft DepPrep
    Information retrieval or search software
  • American LegalNet USCourtForms
  • Thomson West FindLaw
    Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Access

Education:

    associate's degree
    bachelor's degree
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