Criminal Law Paralegal Job Profile and Description


A Criminal Law Paralegal works alongside criminal lawyers in legal firms assisting them in various tasks. He can actually do everything a criminal lawyer does except taking cases, giving legal advice, presenting cases in court and setting fees.


Duties and Responsibilities


  • A Criminal law paralegal works specifically with the details of criminal cases in the legal firm they work for.


  • He has to do research for cases.


  • He has to involve himself in interviewing witnesses, organizing evidence for a trial, putting together different documents and helping the criminal lawyer he is working under prepare for cases.


  • He also has to perform various secretarial works.


  • Making phone calls, answering the phone, entering legal data on the computer and keeping track of important paperwork are also a part of his duties.


  • He is also responsible for performing other administrative works of the department.



Skills and Specifications



  • Effective communication skills are a must for persons interested in becoming a Criminal Law Paralegal.
  • Very good writing skills are a must in this profession as he has to involve himself in a wide variety of legal research.
  • He should be proficient in legal research databases such as Lexis / Nexis and Westlaw as well as Internet searches.
  • He should be well-equipped in technological skills as he will be responsible for handling word processing, telecommunications, presentations, spreadsheets and legal research software.
  • He should be comfortable working as part of a team.
  • A good Criminal Law Paralegal should have an eye for detail.
  • They must be capable of working under stressful situations.

Education and Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in any field along with a paralegal certificate is required to become a Criminal Law Paralegal. There is a wide array of paralegal schools and colleges which offer paralegal certificates to students.