What does an Assistant Paralegal do?

Paralegals perform various duties and tasks that directly support lawyers or legal teams, including creating, maintaining, and organizing their files, conducting relevant research, and drafting documents. Paralegals help lawyers and legal teams to prepare for their presentations. They are called upon to do investigation and fact-finding, and to research the relevant laws, regulations, and articles that pertain to their cases.

Paralegals gather evidence and arrange legal documents for review and case preparation. They write and summarize reports, and draft correspondence and legal documents including contracts. They also gather affidavits and formal statements that might be used as evidence in court. Paralegals handle exhibits, take notes, and are responsible for the review of trial transcripts, interviews, and depositions. They also arrange meetings with relevant parties including clients and witnesses, lawyers, outside vendors. Paralegals keep track of and file legal documents including exhibits, briefs, and appeals with the court or with opposing counsel. Paralegals need a high school diploma or equivalent and training and certification as a paralegal.

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Assistant Paralegal Salaries

Average Base Pay

$47,169 /yr
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Median: $47K
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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an assistant paralegal

When working as an assistant paralegal, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Written Communication, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office Suite, and Paralegal Certificate.

The most similar professions to assistant paralegal are:
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  • Law Clerk
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