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.
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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How to become a Paralegal
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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