Paralegal Courses

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What does a Paralegal do?

Paralegals play an important role in legal proceedings by assisting lawyers and other legal professionals to prepare for cases. You’ll help prepare materials needed in court like legal documents or transcripts. You might have to interview clients or witnesses or conduct research relating to a case. Paralegals have to manage a lot of paperwork so you may have to spend time collating documents or filing pieces of information.

Attention to detail is a crucial quality for Paralegals and you’ll also have to be highly organised. You’ll need a strong knowledge of the legal system and have to be flexible when needed. Your work will have you involved with several cases at once so being able to manage multiple activities at one time is essential. Paralegals need to be good at communicating with people and should be able to work as part of a team.

Paralegal Courses

There are 4 courses available for people who want to become a Paralegal.

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How much does a Paralegal earn?

In Australia, a full time Paralegal generally earns $1,340 per week ($69,680 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Paralegal?

The number of people working in the legal administrative industry has decreased slightly over the last five years. There are about 9,100 people working in legal administration in Australia but only a small percentage are employed as Paralegals. Paralegal work can be found in all regions of Australia.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Paralegal?

A Diploma of Legal Services is a good qualification to consider if you’re embarking on a Paralegal career. This 12 month course covers all aspects of the legal system and you can specialise in the area of law you are most interested in.

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Related Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within Legal Services and Paralegal.

Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au