Become a paralegal

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The past decade has seen a vast increase in the number of paralegals in the workplace due to firms looking to improve their popularity. This has caused an influx of candidates looking to join the profession.

Robert Walters explains how to go about becoming a paralegal and what you can expect from the role.

Becoming a paralegal

There is no formal route dictating how one can pursue a career in becoming a paralegal. In most law firms, it's common that a seasoned legal secretary may gain the right amount of experience of transition into completing paralegal responsibilities.

A day in the life of a paralegal

A paralegal will always work under the supervision of a lawyer, however they are not permitted to provide legal advice. A paralegal is tasked to provide support across a range of activities, such as client interviews, clerical tasks and ensuring sustainable contact with clients. As a paralegal, you will also be required to manage investigations, conduct research and prepare various materials for use on future cases.

Most law firms prefer to hire paralegals with experience. Therefore, if you are not experienced it would be beneficial to enhance your skills before pursuing a career in this industry. 

Steps to follow

Most law firms prefer to hire paralegals with experience. Therefore, if you are not experienced it would be beneficial to enhance your skills before pursuing a career in this industry. The most immediate way to gain experience would be to ask your current employer to involve you in any paralegal work they can offer on a voluntary basis. Similarly, you may want to consider further vocational training to obtain relevant qualifications – a key example if a Diploma in Legal Studies.

Alternatively, if you are an experienced paralegal looking to change jobs, your best point of contact will be a recruitment consultancy with established experience in legal recruitment. 

Skills required 

To flourish in this challenging career, you will need to hold strong interpersonal skills, complementing your office management and research expertise. It is vital you develop and build these skills as soon as possible, through practice, networking and perseverance. In addition to the above, you will need to have an eye for detail in both communications and your professional presentation.

Is it worth becoming a paralegal?

Certainly! Paralegal salaries range from 15,000AED – 35,000AED, depending on the level of experience, as well as it being an interesting and rewarding career. 

If you are looking for a career in Law and require more information, please contact:

Jason Grundy
E:  jason.grundy@robertwalters.com
T:  +971 4 8180 102

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