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The paralegal field has an overdose of terminology lay practitioner sublegals and paralegals legal paraprofessionals legal executive legal service assistant lay advocate legal nurse legal technician legal counselor lay councilor lay representative lay assistant and so forthFins 2 Regardless of what one labels the profession paralegals are assistants to lawyers When I was a freshman my class did a project on law and the legal system I was a defense attorney All of the work that we did leading up to the mock trial was fun and enjoyable but then when it came time to present our case in court I didnt feel that comfortable with the actual presentation of the cases Thats when I decided that I didnt want to be a lawyer When I heard of the job of paralegal I realized that that is what I want to do I like to do the research talk to the witnesses and do most of the work leading up to a trial and as a paralegal thats what I could do To have a career in the legal system one doesnt have to work in a courtroom like a lawyer or judge because paralegals work with the law more often than lawyers do and they hardly ever step foot inside a courtroom Paralegals are similar to lawyers in many ways A paralegal researches laws investigates facts prepares documents and in general does background work for lawyers Hopke 677 Paralegals basically do the work leading up to a trial to help a lawyer out They also serve as a communication link between an attorney and his client Your career as a paralegal 9 Attorneys are often elusive to their clients and too busy to do all the work so paralegals step in and talk to the clients as well as make lists of possible witnesses and other areas where information could be gathered your career Not only do paralegals prepare cases for courts but they
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