- What is a Paralegal / Legal Assistant?
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What is a Paralegal / Legal Assistant?
Paralegals, also known as Legal Assistants, assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Through formal education, training and experience, paralegals have knowledge and expertise regarding the law and legal system which qualify them to perform legal work under the supervision of an attorney.
The Paralegal concept began in the late 60′s when law firms sought ways to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of legal services. With the push for lower-cost legal fees, paralegals have established themselves as an integral part of the legal system. While lawyers assume ultimate responsibility for legal work, they delegate many of their tasks to paralegals.
Today, a Paralegal may perform any function delegated by an attorney, including but not limited to:
- Conduct client interviews and maintain general contact with the client
- Locate and interview witnesses
- Conduct investigations, statistical and documentary research
- Conduct legal research
- Draft legal documents, correspondence and pleadings
- Summarize depositions, interrogatories and testimony
- Attend closings, depositions, court or administrative hearings and trials with attorneys
By attending NYCI as a Paralegal / Legal Assistant student, you will immerse yourself in a range of Law classes such as Civil Litigation, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Tort Law. At the same time, you will also take core classes in English and Oral Communications as well as have the opportunity to take a variety of electives which will further prepare you to succeed as a Paralegal.
In all cases, the student is also taught to write a well-organized and comprehensive resume to aid in their securing employment.