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Skills You Need to Succeed as a Paralegal Skills You Need to Succeed as a Paralegal

Bronze medal Reporter Josily Posted 28 Jun 2019
Skills You Need to Succeed as a Paralegal


A paralegal is an individual who trained in legal matters and performs legal services under the guidance of an attorney. As a paralegal or paralegal student, you will want to continually develop skills that improve job performance. Here are some essential skills who want to develop an excellent career in their life.


Good communication is s major things to law practice.  Regardless of whether you are meeting a new client, connecting with an expert, fetching the witness statement, scheduling a court appointment or discussing a matter with your supervisor, most of a paralegal’s duties include talking and communicating with others. Also, maintain your body language(nonverbal communication)

Writing and Researching

Most paralegals are responsible for drafting pleadings, research memorandums, correspondence, and other documents. Hence writing is a fundamental skill for paralegals.


Exploring legal research strategies make paralegals proficient at mastering internet research and learning to examine case information. 


As a paralegal, you’re titled to execute multiple tasks each and every day all with various functions and simultaneously balance competing priorities. The most successful paralegals can balance the demands of multiple supervisors and clients.


For modern paralegals, technology skill is unavoidable. Nowadays everything is based on technology.  Like in any other field, legal career also uses the latest word processing, spreadsheet, telecommunications, database, legal research software, etc. So, you should be updated about the latest technology skills.

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Organizational skills

Paralegals specifically work under lawyers and are asked to manage files related to various types of cases. A large quantity of documents and data has to be handled by the paralegals. The ability to analyze, form, manipulate and organize all the legal data is extremely crucial for the paralegal experts. 


Teamwork is an important factor in every working environment. Paralegals are part of a larger legal team within their organization. Maybe working under an attorney may involve collaborating with a larger legal team. For the successful delivery of your service, you should be a great team player.

For more clarification about paralegal career contact any lawyers in South Africa. They can help you.


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