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  • 1. paralegalThe Lawyer’s Assistant
  • 2. History of ParalegalsThe paralegal profession initially developed inresponse to the need for a legal professional tofill a position somewhere between that of anattorney and that of a legal secretary, so thatlegal services could be provided to the publicat lower cost. The need for greater access tolegal services, which became a significantissue in the1960s, continues to propeldevelopments in the legal arena, including theincreased use of paralegals to make legalservices more affordable.
  • 3. Definition “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 who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.” (Adopted by the ABA in 1997)
  • 4. What Does A Paralegal Do?  Conduct client interviews and maintain general contact with the client, so long as the client is aware of the status and function of the legal assistant, and the legal assistant works under the supervision of the attorney.  Locate and interview witness.  Conduct investigations and statistical and documentary research.
  • 5. What Does A Paralegal Do?(cont.)  Conduct legal research.  Draft legal documents, correspondence and pleadings.  Summarize depositions, interrogatories and testimony.  Attend executions of wills, real estate closings, depositions, court or administrative hearings and trials with the attorney.
  • 6. What Can A Paralegal Not Do?  Establish attorney-client relationships.  Set legal fees.  Give legal opinions or advice.  Represent a client before a court, unless authorized to do by the court.  Engage in, encourage, or contribute to any act which could constitute the unauthorized practice of law.
  • 7. Where Do Paralegals Work?  Law Firms  Corporations and Other Business Organizations  Government  Legal Aid Offices  Freelance Paralegals
  • 8. Paralegals Can Become?  Law Clerks  Title Examiners  Abstractors and Searchers  Claims Adjusters  Appraisers  Examiners and Investigators  Occupational Health  Safety Specialists and  Technicians
  • 9. Paralegal Specialties  Litigation Assistance  Personal-Injury Law  Criminal Law  Corporate Law  Bankruptcy Law  Employment and Labor Law  Estate Planning and Probate Administration  Intellectual-Property Law  Environmental Law  Real-Estate Law  Family Law
  • 10. Earnings Salaries depend on education, training, experience, type and size of employer, and geographic location of the job. In 2000 the average was $35,360. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of paralegals in 2000 were as follows:  Federal Government --------------------------------------------- $48,560  Legal Services ------------------------------------------------------ $34,230  Local Government ------------------------------------------------- $34,120  State Government ------------------------------------------------- $32,680
  • 11. References The National Association of Legal Assistants. (2004). What is a Paralegal? http://www.nala. org/whatis.htm#Background Miller, Roger, L & Urisko, Mary, M. (2000). West’s Paralegal Today.