of Science Degree in Legal Administrative
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
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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,
what the Department of Labor says!
paralegals and legal assistants
is projected to grow much faster
than average for all occupations
"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
"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
Paralegals and legal assistants do a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents.
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
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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