Paralegals help lawyers by
conducting research and preparing documents.
Paralegals do supporting work for lawyers. They do almost everything that lawyers
do, except give legal advice or present a case in court. They research laws and
investigate facts. They also interview clients and witnesses to obtain information.
Paralegals prepare and organize written reports of their research. In addition, they
prepare correspondence and memos. They also prepare information that is filed with
the court. When a case goes to trial, they may assist the lawyer. Their work
is supervised by lawyers.
In small offices, paralegals often have many duties. In large offices, they often
work on just one area of law. Many paralegals use computers to do legal research,
create documents, and keep records.