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Assists general counsel in organizing and carrying out special projects as assigned. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. Job qualifications: Must have specialized paralegal training and one year of experience. May combine experience and education as substitute for minimum education or experience. Prefer a bachelor’s degree, certificate from an ABA-approved program, and two years of experience. Skills: Must have the ability to assemble and coordinate manuscripts, compose letters, gather data, input data, communicate with others to gather information, maintain filing systems, prioritize different projects, research information, schedule appointments, write memorandums for own signature, and coordinate work of others.

Paralegal degree required; family law classwork a plus, but will train the right person. Fax resume to hiring partner. A Few Words about Small- to Medium-Sized Firms At one time, few small firms thought they could afford to hire paralegals; in recent years, though, small firms are learning that hiring paralegals is cost efficient. More than half of all paralegals employed by private firms are employed by firms that contain one to ten attorneys. The ABA’s Standing Committee on Paralegals points out to attorneys that hiring paralegals benefits legal practices.

Participants will be provided with templates, just as they would within a law-firm environment. Discovery Coordination The discovery process is one of the most important aspects of a paralegal’s involvement in the litigation process. Participants will learn the rules relevant to discovery. Pleading Preparation Pleadings are documents filed with the court asking the court to take a specific action. Participants will study pleadings and will prepare a complaint (with a summons) and an answer. Utilization of Legal Forms In a law-firm environment, a paralegal would rarely prepare a document from scratch, but would rely on previously existing forms and templates.

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