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Paralegal Studies Ch. 1 August 24, 2016

by: Ashley Howard

Paralegal Studies Ch. 1 August 24, 2016 PARA 1001

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This is from Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Intro to Legal Studies
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Date Created: 08/24/16
Paralegal Studies: 8/24/16 Week 1 Lecture Notes What is a Paralegal? • Definition varies depending on who you ask • National organizations cannot even agree on name- paralegal/legal assistant/certified paralegal/legal technician • Many job variations so makes it difficult to stick to one name • Hybrid between an attorney and paralegal • Licencsed to practice law in a limited authority Purpose of Paralegals • Demand for lower cost legal services • New attorneys charge around $150 per hour • Seasoned attorneys charge between $250-500 per hour • Experienced/successful trail attorneys can charge around $900 per hour or more • Paralegals can help bring that cost down • Paralegals charge a client at $25-100 per hour • En total, a paralegal can potentially save $750 for the client • Paralegals are crucial as they provide assistance to everyone and provide a broader range of access to the judicial system National Organizations That Impact Paralegals • American Bar Association (ABA) • National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) • National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) • American Alliance of Paralegals • American Association for Paralegal Education Law Organizations that Impact Paralegals • Cincinnati Paralegal Association • Ohio Bar Association Definition of paralegal varies with various Law Organizations (national and local) • All contain “qualified by education, training or work experience” What do Paralegals do? • Draft legal documents • Calendaring/tracking deadlines • Preparation for trial • Interviewing clients and witnesses • Investigation • Document management • Legal research Substantive vs. Procedural Law A. Substantive Law • “. . .laws that define, describe, regulate and create legal rights” • i.e. statuary law, administrative regulations, ordinances, constitutional issues B. Procedural Law • “establishes the methods of enforcing the rights established by substantive law” • i.e. what documents began a lawsuit, where are they filed, which court hears the case


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