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Paralegal

Assist legal professionals to deliver legal services.

What's it like to be a Paralegal?

Paralegals assist Solicitors, Lawyers and Barristers to deliver legal services. They are trained in law, but can’t provide legal advice or work without the supervision of a registered member of the legal community. Due to the volume and calibre of work they do on cases Paralegals can charge clients for their time, unlike Legal Assistants.

Paralegal

Tasks and duties

  • Managing the discovery phase of a case, including interviewing clients, undertaking research and investigating precedents.
  • Drafting legal documents, including subpoenas, contracts, complaints and briefs.
  • Organising and managing files, paperwork, data and evidence.
  • Filing documents with the courts.
  • Providing administrative support behind the scenes at hearings.
  • Arranging mediation between parties that are in dispute.
  • Arranging psychological evaluations and meetings in family law matters.

What can I earn as a Paralegal?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Paralegal is between $55k and $65k
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How to become a Paralegal


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While there are no mandatory educational requirements to become a Paralegal, it’s common for Paralegals to have some legal training.

  1. You can enter the profession as an Administrative Assistant, Legal Secretary or Paralegal in a small firm and work under the supervision of a Lawyer, gaining knowledge, experience and rank over time.
  2. You can gain a Certificate IV in Legal Services (BSB42215) from TAFE or a registered training organisation. You’ll need some relevant work experience to gain admission, and the course will take approximately 1.5 years to complete full-time.
  3. You can complete a Bachelor of Laws at university, which will take approximately 4 years full-time and require you to have a high ATAR or gain special admission.

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How do Paralegals rate their role?

Latest reviews from 9 Paralegals surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.1
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.9
Job security
3.9
Pay / Salary
3.1
Variety of work
3.7

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Aug 2019
The legal industry is frought with much risk of career burnout but is also rich with the reward of human experience and making real difference to people's lives.
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Personal injuries
The good things
There is much variety in the role of a legal graduate with many job opportunities due to the ability to choose different career paths. I have been graduated for four years, and within those four yea...
The challenges
It is well understood the legal industry is a demanding industry with high levels of career burnout. As a young graduate you are particularly at risk of this burnout, as you attempt to climb the caree...
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Aug 2019
Mortgage recovery may be taxing, but the work is varied, stimulating and fulfilling
Reviewer's Qualification
Juris Doctor
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Solicitor
The good things
Despite the (sometimes) sad nature of the role, no day is the same. The variety and circumstance behind each file provides for a very interesting, challenging but fulfilled work life. Working as in-ho...
The challenges
Whilst fulfilling, attention to detail is paramount, so due care must be taken which can sometimes slow down the process. It can sometimes become challenging when a file progresses such that repossess...
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Working hours for Paralegals

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