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You might hire a paralegal to:

  • Partner with legal professionals to complete high-priority administrative tasks
  • Find case law and perform research related to the preparation of complaints, memos, briefs, and other court-facing documents

  • Help lawyers and witnesses prepare for depositions and trial testimony

  • Communicate with clients, witnesses, and other parties about upcoming trials

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Associate’s degree or equivalent in a related field
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in paralegal studies
Data management skills
An understanding of legal terminology
Strong verbal and written communication skills
An understanding of legal database software
Research skills
Time management skills