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The Paralegal Profession

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Labor rates the paralegal field among the fastest-growing occupations? That's why there has never been a better time to become a paralegal.

A paralegal, or legal assistant, 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.

Today a paralegal’s responsibilities may include client and witness interviews, legal research, drafting correspondence, pleadinlaw definitiongs and other legal documents, conducting real estate closings and summarizing depositions or interrogatories.

In addition to employment with law firms, paralegals are an essential part of corporations, municipalities, state and federal government agencies, public service organizations and advocacy groups.