What is A Paralegal
“A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”

[Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals, Effective September 1, 2013 at page 3]

What tasks will I complete in my career as a paralegal?

A paralegal is an essential member of the legal team. A paralegal, or legal assistant, will work under the supervision of an attorney to assist in a variety of tasks, including:
  • Client interviews
  • Legal research
  • Case file management
  • Trial preparation
  • Drafting complaints and pleadings
  • Client correspondence
  • Assist with preparation briefs, wills and contracts
  • Electronic case filing
  • Investigate facts
  • Analyze case law and statutes
Which types of employers hire paralegals?

Paralegals can work in every area of the law. Paralegals, and similar professionals, may work for the following employers:
  • State government
  • Federal government
  • Solo practitioner/ attorney
  • Law firm
  • Legal Department of a corporation
  • Administrative Agencies (such as Social Security Administration)
  • Court house
Where can I learn more about LEI Paralegal Graduates?

Graduates of Widener Law Center’s Legal Education Institute have pursued a variety of paralegal career options in the legal field. Please view this link to learn more about a selection of LEI Paralegal Alumni who are employed in the Delaware Valley region.