Career Exploration Series Program: A Career as a Paralegal

Session #1 9:00 to 9:45 a.m.
Session #2 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

Join us on December 12th as WVIZ ideastream and Squire and Sanders present “A Career as a Paralegal.” Paralegals, also known as legal assistants, are individuals trained to assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. They work in law firms, corporations, the government and other practice environments and operate under the supervision of a lawyer.

Paralegals assist attorneys in resolving lawsuits. They investigate the facts of a case; interview clients and witnesses; perform legal research; draft pleadings, deposition notices, subpoenas, motions, briefs, discovery and other legal documents; organize and manage files, documents and exhibits; file documents with federal and state courts; and assist at hearings, arbitrations, mediations, administrative proceedings, closings and trials. Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020. This occupation attracts many applicants, and competition for jobs will be strong. Experienced, formally trained paralegals should have the best job prospects.

Becky Kerstetter OSBA Certified Paralegal, Squire Sanders

Ben Pogany Paralegal, Jones Day

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