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A paralegal works in a law firm or legal office, assisting lawyers with an array of tasks related to cases and administrative duties. It is an important role that requires specialized training and education to perform correctly. For those interested in a career in law, it is a more affordable and less time-consuming alternative to law school. It should be noted that Ontario is the only province in Canada to where paralegals can practice law, and then only in under certain conditions. The paralegal plays an important role in any law office, and it can be a rewarding career for professionals desire the chance to have an impact with their work.
A paralegal is assists lawyers working on legal cases and often are also responsible for running the office. They can do large amounts of research related to cases, gathering precedents and checking for updating statues. A paralegal may be responsible for much of the paperwork in a legal office, prepping legal documents for both lawyers and clients. They may have additional administrative tasks, including recording filing, making schedules, answering phone calls and emails, and ensuring the office runs smoothly. In Ontario, a paralegal can also practice law under certain circumstances, and representing clients facing cases related to minor offences, small claims court, labour issues and specific criminal matters.
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