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.
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