Paralegals are extremely valuable during the litigation process. Lawyers must keep track of details, evidence, legal documents, and contracts. It is the litigation assistant's job to help relieve this caseload. They do this by finding and interviewing witnesses, drafting legal documents, organizing facts and evidence, and coordinating each day in court.
Because lawyers must present the best case possible for their side, they often need the extra help of paralegals to do research. This entails doing collecting information and creating arguments that lawyers may use to win.
Training can be completed within 2 to 4 years, earning either an associate's or a bachelor's degree in paralegal studies. In many cases, a school program will offer internship programs with law firms to give students a first-hand experience of the job. Although it isn't necessary, many law firms prefer applicants who have opted to take the official certification exam offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants.
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