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Paralegal / Legal Assistant

Paralegals, or legal assistants, work under the direction of lawyers. They help lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. They also help investigate the facts of the cases, identify appropriate laws, and prepare written reports for attorneys to use.

Paralegals and legal assistants also help prepare legal arguments, draft pleadings to be filed in court, and assist attorneys during trials. They assist in preparing tax returns, establishing trust funds, and planning estates.

To start a career as a paralegal, you’ll need a high school diploma to begin an educational program. For those of you who are already experienced or currently work as a paralegal, there are opportunities for you to advance in your career with further education.