In much the same way that a legal administrative assistant helps with the daily operations of a law firm, a paralegal's job is also critical to keeping communications open between attorneys, clients, court personnel, other law firms and coworkers. A paralegal is responsible for learning the basic principles of the legal system as well as various specialized areas of law, so that they may assist licensed attorneys, in a public or private practice, in the performance of their professional duties.
The American Bar Association approved curriculum provides students with the practical skills, knowledge and values necessary to become effective members of a legal team. Most of the legal specialty courses are taught by attorneys and include forms used in local, state and federal practice. Students learn the ethical rules and standards of practice and develop a framework for resolving ethical dilemmas while maintaining client confidentiality. An internship in a professional office also provides experience in preparing documentation, including memoranda and exhibits, as they pertain to case files.
Graduates of the program will be ready to pursue positions in a number of environments, including firms, offices of public defenders, court systems, government agencies, corporate legal departments, real estate companies, community service programs and consumer organizations.