Whether working in government, law firms, as part of a corporate legal team, or in real estate or title offices, paralegals are an essential part of any law-related office. They’re trained in law, but not to the same extent as an attorney. Paralegals cannot argue cases in court, give legal advice, or charge independently for their services. They often do write legal documents, prepare legal research, and assist an attorney in other ways. At paralegal schools in Washington, diploma programs and associate’s degrees can help you learn what you need to start in this profession. Classes include legal terminology, law office procedure, document preparation, legal research, and an overview of several areas of law. Certification as a paralegal is optional, but it can be an important step in demonstrating your commitment and experience in this area.
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