Paralegals now, and into the future, are in high demand by private law firms, corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real estate, title insurance firms, and banks. Current and future demand in areas of specialization include real estate, bankruptcy, medical malpractice, products liability, community services programs, federal/state/local government, consumer organizations, and the courts.
Paralegals have in the past, and will in the future, generally perform the following tasks, upon employment:
- investigate facts of cases and ensure relevant information
- identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other relevant material to a case/matter.
- analyze and organize information
- prepare written reports, legal arguments, drafts, pleadings, and motions -obtain affidavits and assist attorneys during trial -track and organize files
- draft contracts, mortgages, separation agreements, trust documents, tax returns, and estates
- coordinate activities of law office employees and maintain office records -involvement with litigation preparation, personal injury, corporate law, criminal law, employee benefits, intellectual property, labor law, bankruptcy, immigration, family law, and real estate
- prepare and file financial reports, maintain corporate minutes, record resolutions, and prepare forms to secure loans
- monitor and review government regulations
- oversee team projects and serve as a communication link between teams and corporations
- engage in related occupational work such as law clerks, title examiners, abstractors and searchers, claims adjuster, appraiser, examiner, investigator, OSHA specialist and safety specialists and technicians.