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My decision to become a paralegal was purely coincidence. I would like to say that I spent time poring over materials on career choices, but that would not be true.
Part Detective, Part Counselor, Part Magician... Robin Gomez has worked as a paralegal for 33 years. She currently works for the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has an AA in Business Management and an AA in Paralegal Studies.
Paralegals typically work with attorneys in all aspects of their practices including helping them prepare cases for trial, researching matters, speaking with clients, and preparing documents for court deadlines. A paralegal is often vital to a lawyer's success.
A paralegal’s job description will vary depending on the attorney, the type of law the attorney practices, the size of the law firm and the location of the law firm.
To answer questions about paralegal regulation (in Canada), the Law Society has developed a set of frequently asked questions and answers, which is updated regularly as soon as new information becomes available.
What does a paralegal do in general is a great question. Unfortunately, paralegals don’t do the same thing in every type of law firm. Paralegals have a varied set of skills and requirements depending upon the focus of law the firm they are working for practices.