Specializations within the Legal Field

Most people who are interested in becoming a paralegal are unaware that after they receive their certification they will have a wide variety of specializations to choose from. Similar to the medical field, law has many specific niches that need lawyers and paralegals who are experts in that area. Below is a quick overview of some of the most popular paralegal careers and a quick description of what each entails. Although it's not vital to know which specialization you would like to make a career out of before you gain certification, it is something you can start considering now simply so you know what your options are.

Litigation Paralegal:

  • Interview witnesses
  • Analyze legal documents
  • Investigate facts
  • Perform legal and factual research
  • Draft pleadings, legal memoranda and briefs
  • Obtain and manage information to assist in trial preparation
  • Assist at trail
  • Aid in preparing appeals

Probate Paralegal:

  • Interview clients
  • Arrange for collection

Most people who are interested in becoming a paralegal are unaware that after they receive their certification they will have a wide variety of specializations to choose from. Similar to the medical field, law has many specific niches that need lawyers and paralegals who are experts in that area. Below is a quick overview of some of the most popular paralegal careers and a quick description of what each entails. Although it's not vital to know which specialization you would like to make a career out of before you gain certification, it is something you can start considering now simply so you know what your options are.

Litigation Paralegal:

  • Interview witnesses
  • Analyze legal documents
  • Investigate facts
  • Perform legal and factual research
  • Draft pleadings, legal memoranda and briefs
  • Obtain and manage information to assist in trial preparation
  • Assist at trail
  • Aid in preparing appeals


Probate Paralegal:

  • Interview clients
  • Arrange for collection
  • Value and transfer assets
  • Administer estate accounts
  • Analyze the best treatment of assets and distribution to obtain the greatest tax benefit
  • Prepare tax returns


Corporate Paralegal:

  • Draft agreements and employee benefits plans
  • Fulfill securities reporting requirements
  • Conduct patent and trademark searches


Real Estate Paralegal:

  • Draft transaction documents
  • Prepare for closings
  • Research title and administrative processes involved in land and environmental use


Government Paralegal:

  • Work for Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department, or the White House
  • Collect and evaluate evidence
  • Conduct hearings
  • Draft proposed legislation
  • Answer inquires about federal laws and regulations
  • Employment Law Paralegal
  • Draft employee policy and procedures manuals
  • Help facilitate positions in organized labor campaigns
  • Prepare position papers, complaints and affidavits in discrimination cases
  • Perform work similar to litigation paralegals


Paralegals in Legal Service Programs:

  • Work as a counselor or advocate and obtain government benefits for clients
  • Maintain own case load
  • Total responsibility from initial client interview through client representation at various administrative agency proceedings


Source:www.paralegals.org/

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