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Paralegal

What does a Paralegal do?

Paralegals support other legal professionals, working in a variety of law firms and private, public sector and not-for-profit organisations. This position is an important one within a legal team and is sometimes used as preparation for qualifying as a solicitor, as the work often mirrors that of a trainee or recently qualified solicitor.

Practice areas

You could specialise in conveyancing, dispute resolution, crime, employment, family, litigation, personal injury or wills for example. Click here for more information on over 30 different practice areas of law.

If you want a career in law, but don’t want to be a paralegal, you may want to consider becoming a solicitor or barrister.

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What skills does a Paralegal need?

  • A flexible and adaptable approach to your work
  • The desire to develop your understanding of law
  • Commercial awareness, business acumen and an understanding of a clients’ needs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good attention to detail is needed to carefully analyse files and data
  • The ability to multitask and manage tasks and caseloads
  • Legal research skills
  • The ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Team working and interpersonal skills when working with different departments to ensure tasks are completed
  • An understanding of legal database certifications may be useful.

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