Law Clerk / Paralegal

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Law clerks/paralegals work under the direction of solicitors, barristers, or clerks of court. They are employable in all areas of law including probate, conveyancing, criminal law, family law, company law, and civil litigation. Tasks often include document management, data entry and management, liaising with solicitors to prepare documentation, researching details on client claims and attending settlements. Law Clerks may also be required to examine and research contracts, complete and lodge legal forms with government offices, interview clients, prepare draft clauses, prepare client statements, provide legal process information to clients and brief witnesses.

Law Clerks/Paralegals need to be able to work as part of a team, be able to take instruction and have good administration, organisational, computer and written communication skills. Employers also look for candidates who are highly motivated, think logically and critically, and can be accurate and confidential with documentation. Often work experience is preferred for employment in this type of position, but is not essential.

Depending on the employers requirements, it may be possible to gain a law clerk/paralegal position without formal qualifications. However, it is a position often sought by law and business students and graduates as it is an excellent method of entry into the legal profession. It is this type of work experience which can greatly improve the possibility of gaining graduate employment and can also help provide an insight into the different areas of law. It is not uncommon for law clerks/paralegals to undertake studies and be offered ongoing employment by their employer after graduation. Employment opportunities can be found in independent law firms, government departments, and legal departments of large businesses.