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Associate of Science Degree in Legal Administrative Assisting (Paralegal)
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The Associate of Science Degree in Legal Administrative Assisting (Paralegal) gives the student theoretical and practical knowledge and the legal skills necessary to perform many paralegal functions including legal research, writing, investigation, and interviewing. The student also gains knowledge of the paralegal's role, tort law and several legal electives selected from litigation, criminal law, civil law, real estate, bankruptcy, wills/trusts & estates, and domestic relations. The student will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of how a traditional legal office operates on a day-to-day basis. Call us today at (770) 381-7200 or complete the "Request More Information" form at the top right corner of the page.

Graduates of Gwinnett College's Paralegal program also qualify to sit for the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) examination given by the National Association of Legal Assistants. For recent articles related the the paralegal profession, Click Here.

Here's what the Department of Labor says!
"Employment for paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2014."
"Competition for jobs should continue; experienced, formally trained paralegals should have the best employment opportunities."
"While lawyers assume ultimate responsibility for legal work, they often delegate many of their tasks to paralegals. In fact, paralegals are also called legal assistants and are continuing to assume a growing range of tasks in the Nations legal offices and perform many of the same tasks as lawyers."
"Although most employers do not require certification, earning a voluntary certificate from a professional society may offer advantages in the labor market. The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), for example, has established standards for certification requiring various combinations of education and experience."

From the Department of Labor:

What Paralegals and Legal Assistants Do

Paralegals and legal assistants do a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents.

Duties

Paralegals and legal assistants typically do the following:

  • Investigate the facts of a case
  • Conduct research on relevant laws, regulations, and legal articles
  • Organize and present the information
  • Keep information related to cases or transactions in computer databases
  • Write reports to help lawyers prepare for trials
  • Draft correspondence and other documents, such as contracts and mortgages
  • Get affidavits and other formal statements that may be used as evidence in court
  • Help lawyers during trials

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Paralegals and legal assistants help lawyers prepare for hearings, trials, and corporate meetings.  However, their specific duties may vary depending on the size of the firm or organization.

In smaller firms, paralegals duties tend to vary more. In addition to reviewing and organizing information, paralegals may prepare written reports that help lawyers determine how to handle their cases. If lawyers decide to file lawsuits on behalf of clients, paralegals may help prepare the legal arguments and draft documents to be filed with the court.

In larger organizations, paralegals work mostly on a particular phase of a case, rather than handling a case from beginning to end. For example, a litigation paralegal might only review legal material for internal use, maintain reference files, conduct research for lawyers, and collect and organize evidence for hearings. Litigation paralegals often do not attend trials, but might prepare trial documents or draft settlement agreements.

Law firms increasingly use technology and computer software for managing documents and preparing for trials. Paralegals use computer software to draft and index documents and prepare presentations. In addition, paralegals must be familiar with electronic database management and be up to date on the latest software used for electronic discovery. Electronic discovery refers to all electronic materials that are related to a trial, such as emails, data, documents, accounting databases, and websites.

Paralegals can assume more responsibilities by specializing in areas such as litigation, personal injury, corporate law, criminal law, employee benefits, intellectual property, bankruptcy, immigration, family law, and real estate. In addition, experienced paralegals may assume supervisory responsibilities, such as overseeing team projects or delegating work to other paralegals.

Paralegal tasks may differ depending on the type of department or the size of the law firm they work for.

The following are examples of types of paralegals:

Corporate paralegals often help lawyers prepare employee contracts, shareholder agreements, stock-option plans, and companies’ annual financial reports. Corporate paralegals may monitor and review government regulations to ensure that the corporation is aware of new legal requirements.

Litigation paralegals maintain documents received from clients, conduct research for lawyers, and retrieve and organize evidence for use at depositions and trials.

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Call us today at (770) 381-7200 or complete the "Request More Information" form on the left side of the page to take the next step towards your new career in the Paralegal Field.

 

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