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Legal Technician (Paralegal)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Assists lawyers by researching legal precedents, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents. Conducts research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Legal Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Prepares affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organizes and maintains documents in paper or electronic filing system.
  • Prepares for trial by performing tasks such as organizing exhibits.
  • Prepares legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
  • Meets with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case.
  • Files pleadings with court clerk.
  • Gathers and analyzes research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
  • Calls upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
  • Investigates facts and law of cases and searches pertinent sources, such as public records, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Directs and coordinates law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • Keeps and monitors legal volumes to ensure that law library is up-to-date.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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