Top 10 Qualities of a Great Paralegal

The Sider Group
November 29, 2011 — 3,264 views  
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As a paralegal, you will be an integral part of a legal team in a law firm, corporate legal department or government office. You will assist lawyers in all the many tasks that must be completed in order to serve their clients. This includes drafting legal documents, performing research, interviewing clients from time to time, helping out in court and some administrative tasks as well. As you train for the career and work your way into the professional world, consider whether you have developed the following top 10 qualities of a great paralegal:

1. Analytical Skills
Paralegal careers require investigative and interpretive skills in order to come to quick conclusions on the written or oral material in front of them.

2. Communication Skills
Paralegals must be able to effectively speak and listen to people from all sorts of backgrounds.

3. Detail Oriented

There are many details involved in the day-to-day work of paralegals, and it's important to pay attention to them in order to succeed in this career.

4. Ethical Judgment
A strong sense of ethics will serve you well in the paralegal field as you deal with client confidentiality and other matters.

5. Great Writer
Drafting documents with excessive grammatical, spelling, punctuation or critical writing errors is a big no-no for paralegals.

6. Interest in the Law
If you're going to be good at what you do, you have to have a general interest. If you don't care about the law or helping people, consider switching careers.

7. Interpersonal Qualities
Paralegals must be able to work and get along with lawyers, clients from all walks of life and co-workers from a variety of backgrounds.

8. Organizational Qualities
With all the documents and other items that a lawyer might need at any given moment, the paralegal must be highly organized.

9. Research Skills
So much of the job of a paralegal is research, so if you haven't mastered this skill yet you'll need to work on it to succeed in this career.

10. Tech Savvy
The modern law office relies heavily on computers, the Internet and various technical programs and tools.

If you have the above top 10 qualities of a great paralegal, then chances are that you would excel in this career, and it's just a matter of getting the training to hone your skills. If you don't have all these qualities, though, there is still no good reason to worry. Many of these qualities can be developed while you complete your schooling.



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