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My Future Career
I have chosen a career as a paralegal. This is a field that I expect will be both challenging as well as professionally rewarding. As a paralegal, I will assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services (National Association of Legal Assistants, 2008). A career in paralegal studies is a prestigious, professional adventure and offers a wonderful opportunity while enhancing ones knowledge of the law and provides for challenges, growth and advancement.
After conducting research on this career, I found paralegals have many responsibilities in the legal world. Many of them I was unaware of until this research. Paralegals conduct client interviews and maintain general contact with the client, locate and interview witnesses, conduct investigations and statistical and documentary research, conduct legal research, and draft legal documents, correspondence, and pleadings (National Association of Legal Assistants, 2008). They also summarize depositions, interrogatories, and testimony; attend executions of wills, real estate closings, depositions, court or administrative hearings, and trials with the attorney, and author and sign correspondences (National Association of Legal Assistants, 2008). These are just a few of the responsibilities that paralegals are responsible for under the supervision of the attorney.
Paralegals must meet certain requirements to be qualified as a paralegal. Successful completion of the Certified Legal Assistant certifying (CLA) examination of the National Association of Legal Assistants, graduate from an ABA approved program of study for legal assistants, or graduate from a course of study for legal assistants which is institutionally accredited but not ABA approved, and which requires not less than the equivalent of 60 semester hours of classroom study. They could also have a baccalaureate degree in any field, plus not less...