Paralegals support and contribute to lawyers workload and cases. They do a lot of research, maintain files, and prepare legal documents etc. In addition, paralegals can work in law firms, corporations, government offices etc. and always work under the supervision of a lawyer. They are also known as a legal assistant or legal secretary.
- Organizing and maintaining legal documents in a paper and electronic filing system.
- Meeting with clients, attorneys and other professionals to discuss case and court details.
- Preparing briefs, wills, contracts, real estate closing statements, court appeals, other legal documents etc.
- Investigating and searching for facts, laws, public records and other resources to prepare for cases and determine causes of action.
- Paralegals must be very organized to keep on top of all records and documents a lawyer and/or client generates.
The average annual salary that a Paralegal can make ranges between $34,000 to $85,000 a year in Canada. This is highly depended on the years of experience.
Many colleges and universities offer diploma programs for paralegals. These programs can be completed between 2 -4 years depending on the school and program. You may also become a paralegal with a degree in a non-legal area. This position usually requires an adequacy in reading, writing, and reasoning skills. These type of skills can be acquired through programs such as politics, history, english, journalism, business etc. This will also be dependent on the area of law you want to work in.
Useful Information About Being a Paralegal
In Ontario, paralegals must be licensed and must apply through the Law Society of Upper Canada. To qualify for this, you must graduate from a paralegal program and pass an exam. In Ontario, paralegals must be licensed and must apply through the Law Society of Upper Canada. To qualify for this, you must graduate from a paralegal program and pass an exam.