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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.

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

  1. Consider starting off as a Legal Secretary or assistant working under the supervision of a Lawyer, gaining knowledge, experience and skills over time.
  2. You can also develop key skills for the role by completing a relevant VET course with a TAFE or registered training organisation. This could be a Certificate IV in Legal Services (BSB40620).
  3. Alternatively, you can complete a Bachelor of Law. While not essential, a degree can improve your employability and broaden your career options. This usually takes four years of full-time study.

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Bachelor of Law

Develop foundational legal knowledge and skills and prepare for a career in law with this qualification.

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Certificate IV in Legal Services

This certificate prepares you for a range of roles providing support to legal services.
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Bachelor of Arts

This qualification gives you broad skills and knowledge in your chosen area of specialisation to get you started in your career.
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Latest reviews from 23 Paralegals surveyed on SEEK
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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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