Paralegals are found in all types of organizations, but most work for a corporation's legal department, government agencies or law firms. They usually work full time, and although most paralegals work year round, some are temporarily employed during busy times of the year. Paralegals who work for law firms may need to work overtime to meet deadlines. Occasionally, paralegals travel to gather information and do other tasks, but for the most part work in offices and law libraries.
Paralegals typically work with attorneys in all aspects of their practices including helping them prepare cases for trial, researching matters, speaking with clients, and preparing documents for court deadlines. A paralegal is often vital to a lawyer's success.
A paralegal's job description will vary depending on the attorney, the type of law the attorney practices, the size of the law firm and the location of the law firm.
It is a paralegals job to make clear coherent decision independently. This includes getting all the required information and essential facts. It is then the paralegals job to choose the best alternative decision, while focusing on a logical and systematic decision-making process.
You should demonstrate all the above to the interviewer
A Paralegal is the face of the company and during this time professionalism is required.
You should tell the interviewer about specific techniques you used when handling a difficult client and how you stayed calm. At the same time explain how you were able to get all the necessary facts and information, discussing options and coming to an agreement.
As a Paralegal there are times when research and analysis of data is required for written reports and summaries. Working under pressure is also necessary.
You should tell the interviewer about times you were under pressure and the steps that you took. You should use specific examples, to highlight key issues. You should highlight your application process, and the relevant legal principals you used when doing so.
Paralegals may typically do the following:
☛ Help lawyers during trials
☛ Conduct research on laws, legal articles and regulations
☛ Organize and present information
☛ Keep information related to cases in computer databases
☛ Help lawyers by writing reports to prepare for trials
☛ Investigate facts of a case
☛ Draft correspondence and documents, such as mortgages and contracts
☛ Get formal statements and affidavits that could be used as evidence in court
Your resume should be a professional and thorough representation of your skills, experience and education. It is the document that tells potential employers why they should consider you for a position, whether you meet their minimum criteria for hiring, and what unique skills or interests you will bring to their company. Use fonts that will open on any computer. Make sure your contact information is obvious and professional. For example, if your email ID is ILovePuppies, you should create a professional address to add to your resume. Ensure that your resume is proofread and contains no grammatical errors. Have several people look at it for visual appeal, strength of content and proofreading purposes. Print it on good quality paper if you will be mailing a physical copy.
When a hiring manager calls to offer you an interview, you want your outgoing message to sound responsible and professional.
Many employers will perform internet searches on potential employees, view their Facebook pages, LinkedIn profiles and Twitter feed, and read their blogs. Search yourself and make sure that your e-presence conveys a professional image.