Paralegals and Legal Admins: Your Gateway Into Law
As one of the most
classic rom-com films, Elle Woods from Legally
Blonde may have inspired you to pursue a career in law with her iconic
intelligence, style, and determination. In one particular scene, she questions
the plaintiff and leaves the jury speechless with the subject of a hair perm.
While we won’t spoil too much if you still haven’t seen the movie, it has
inspired millions of women (and men!) to consider studying law – regardless of
what the “status quo” suggests.
One of the biggest
misconceptions in the legal industry is that you need to be a full-time lawyer
in order to practice law – which is why some people dismiss it altogether –
they believe that it takes years of legal
studies and work experience before they can enter the law industry. However,
the fact of the matter is that this isn’t true – you can see a career in the field of law as a paralegal or legal
administrator. Plus, as a bonus, the amount of time it takes to become a
paralegal or legal admin is significantly shorter than becoming a lawyer.
If you’ve ever aspired
to become a lawyer but didn’t want to devote the time, paralegals are the best
way to fulfill that dream.
In general, the paralegal profession performs delegated tasks in the area of practice that lawyers are normally responsible for. Some of these tasks include maintaining and organizing files, drafting documents, and conducting legal research. On a day-to-day basis, a paralegal’s routine comprises of assisting lawyers during trials, writing reports to prepare for trials, investigating facts of a case, drafting correspondence and documents, receiving formal statements and affidavits that could be used as evidence in courts, and analyzing laws, legal articles, and regulations.
Sprott Shaw’s Paralegal Program
At Sprott Shaw
College, our Paralegal Program qualifies students
with the appropriate training, knowledge, and competence for a rewarding legal
profession. The 71-week Paralegal Diploma Program extensively equips students
with the understanding of substantive and procedural aspects of law and
administers them with the training necessary to perform well in any law office.
Through our courses,
students will master paralegal work like practical and functional skills in proper
typing techniques, transcriptions, and computer skills. Moreover, the program
will cover a wide variety of legal subjects including Real Estate Law, Criminal
Law, Criminal Offences, Court Procedures, Litigation, Family Law, Aboriginal
Land Title, Canadian Immigration Law, Torts, Defenses, Intellectual Property,
After completion of
the Paralegal Program, students can open doors of opportunity in environments
like law firms, corporations, real estate firms, legal departments, government
agencies, and more – the list goes on!
What Does A
Legal Administrator Do?
For those who are not
familiar with the industry, the terms “paralegal” and “legal administrator”
tend to be interpreted as synonymous and interchangeable – when they’re not
As the name suggests,
legal administrators execute more office administrator
roles and tasks like the arranging of the law firm’s day-to-day operations. As one of
their overarching roles, legal administrators are responsible for ensuring that
the promised legal services are delivered to the client by overseeing the
administrative activities of the administrative assistant, legal secretary, and
paralegal. On a daily basis, some of their common duties include preparing
presentation materials, compiling data, researching statistics, scheduling and
confirming appointments, and handling routine invoicing and payments. Along
with these roles, legal administrators are tasked with ordering office
supplies, supervising other office workers, and typing legal documents,
correspondences, and reports. In some cases, they also assist lawyers by
attending court meetings to take notes and minutes.
Legal Administrator Program
After completing the Legal Administrator
Program at Sprott Shaw, students will be fully equipped to understand the
vocabulary and processes of law as well as handle and format legal
correspondences such as deeds, wills, affidavits, and briefs. This 33-week
diploma program provides students with the ability to recognize documents that
agree with legal procedures, processes, and standards.
At the conclusion of
the program, students can seek career opportunities as a Legal Administrator
Assistant, Litigation Secretary, Real Estate Secretary, Corporate Law Secretary,
Commercial Law Secretary, Estate Secretary, Trademark Secretary, and more!
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