Legal aides or assistants who assume many of the tasks done by lawyers are often called Paralegals. The only things they can’t do are set attorney’s fees, render legal opinions or represent a client in any hearing or trial, nor can they provide legal opinion and advice to clients. While Lawyers delegate most of their tasks to paralegals, they are ultimately responsible for legal work. But just like lawyers, paralegals can also specialize in criminal, tax, copyright, property, patent, contracts, etc. Paralegals are often would-be layers who are still working out for a bar exam.
Paralegal Resume Format
Steve G. Salvatore
Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (215) 987-6922
To be a paralegal in a government or private legal agency
Summary of Qualification
- 7 years of experience a paralegal for a law office specializing in criminal law.
- Excellent social and interpersonal skills in dealing with clients and courts.
Career Experience/Job History
2003 – Present: Paralegal, Burn, Appleseed & Associates
- Assist trail lawyers in securing and preparing the materials for hearings
- Attend with the lawyer in court hearings, client meetings, jail and hospital visits and relevant community meetings.
- Gather, investigate and evaluate relevant information as directed by lawyers
- Organize and present researched information to the lawyers for pleadings or evidentiary argumentation.
- Research relevant laws, statutes, and previous court decisions relevant to the case.
Successfully assisted in the conviction of felons in 12 criminal cases and the acquittal of 15 suspects in cases handled by the law firm
2009 – Present: Bachelor of Laws, Philadelphia University
2008: Passed licensing from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
2005 – 2008: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
Professional and Character References
Can be furnished upon request