Where do Paralegals work?

Paralegals, who work alongside (“para”) lawyers, are employed in a variety of different places doing a variety of different things.

The following is a short (non-exhaustive list) of the places where paralegals are employed:

  •  Law Offices (sole proprietorships, partnerships, larger firms)
  • Governmental Entities (city, county, state, and federal government)
  • Non-profit Organizations (Community Legal Services, Fair Housing, Bet Tzedek, Lawyer’s Referral Service, Bar Associations)
  • Corporations

The type of law practiced varies from one entity to another as do the types of tasks that a paralegal might perform.  It is important to understand as much as possible about the type of legal environment before going in for an interview.  It is also important to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different types of legal environments before deciding which career path to pursue.

If you are currently a paralegal working in the field, post a comment letting us know what type of legal environment you are working in as well as the type of law being practiced.

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