Typically, a paralegal’s responsibilities vary according to his or her individual area of specialization. They will of course also be affected by the variation in laws within the country they have chosen to work in, as well as within the particular law firm they are employed by, and finally also by their own level of experience.
The individual area of specialization is, however, the major determining factor to the paralegal’s job description and the range of tasks they are required to carry out. Businesses will have different training and skills requirements of their lawyers compared to government departments or civilians, for example. Similarly, paralegals who work in different sectors of the legal industry are required to have specialized skills in order to perform the appropriate tasks.
Paralegal training includes the following categories: Estate Planning/Probate Paralegal Work, which involves helping to organize and execute wills; Corporate Paralegal Work, which involves assisting in acquisitions, mergers, creation and dissolution of businesses; Real Estate Paralegal Work involving assisting property rights transfers during purchases or sales, lease, foreclosure, finance of residential or commercial real estate; Litigation Paralegal, assisting with issues of litigation; Employment/Labour Law Paralegal work which includes assisting in employer-labour union relationships and employee-employer, such as employee well-being and safety, discrimination cases, recruitment and termination, compensation, salary and other financial matters; Government Paralegal Work in any government institute, where the paralegal’s work duties would be hugely different from other specialisations, and highly related to matters that concern the particular government organization in question.