Title - Job Description Overview

Paralegal Assistants

Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action. Excludes "Legal Secretaries".

Graduates of the program can work under the direction and supervision of an actively licensed attorney in the state, but may not work directly with members of the public without such supervision. California law places restrictions on unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyers. Paralegals are governed by California law, Business and Professions Code section 6450 et. seq.

Obtaining a paralegal degree does not entitle anyone to practice law or to hold themselves out to members of the public as being able to do so.

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  • Title - Typical Job Duties

    • Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system
    • Prepare for trial by performing tasks such as organizing exhibits.
    • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements
    • Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case
    • File pleadings with court clerk
    • Prepare legal documents
    • Research relevant legal materials to aid decision making
    • Arbitrate disputes between parties to resolve legal conflicts
    • Evaluate information related to legal matters in public or personal records
    • Maintain the order of legal documents

 According to a Career One Stop, the median wage for Paralegal Assistants in California is $57,300. The average hourly rate is $27.53. They project 1,020 new jobs annually through the years of 2012-2022.