Job Description and Duties
The litigation paralegal will perform extensive legal research that we need for trial. This could include examining court transcripts, related cases and any other information that is relevant. The ability to write legal briefs and file them with the court, interview clients in order to record statements and construct schedules so that all legal deadlines are met. Essentially, whatever support an attorney needs for a successful court case, the litigation paralegal will provide it.
The litigation paralegal will perform routine office duties such as answering the phone, photocopying and scanning documents, and helping prepare documents for court filings. They will also maintain litigation files, reviewing and preparing material for storage or disposal once a case has closed.
The litigation paralegal will be called on to assist in depositions, witness preparation, and research. The paralegal will also prepare and handle all exhibits. They will also attend trials acting as an assistant to the attorney during the court proceedings. When the trial is over, they will be responsible for closing out the case documents.
One of the primary day-to-day tasks a paralegal performs is document handling. Because of the amount of document preparation and maintenance, the litigation paralegal must be highly organized. During the trial the attorney will look to the paralegal to have all documents kept in an orderly manner and made readily available for retrieval.
Another important skill is communication. The paralegal acts as a liaison. They will need to have direct communication with clients, witnesses, and court officials. Stellar communication skills enhance the success of any trial they are involved with.
The litigation paralegal will also spend a great amount of time drafting correspondence, pleadings, motions, briefs and many other documents needed in preparation for court. Because of this, excellent writing skills and attention to detail is crucial.
The education for the litigation paralegal can take several forms. Many paralegals learn their profession on the job, gaining experience and working their way up the ladder in larger law firms. Some might also have received certification as an adjunct to an existing degree. Other people will have pursued a paralegal associates degree.
Job Type: Full-time