Legal Assistants

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Legal Assistants

Legal Assistants - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, paralegals:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social contact. They talk to clients, lawyers, and other office staff.
  • Are responsible for work outcomes and results of other workers.
  • Communicate with coworkers and clients daily by telephone, e-mail, or in person. They must gather information from individuals and direct activity in the office.
  • Write letters and memos on a daily basis. They must prepare legal documents and written reports.
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  • Work in a group or as part of a team.
  • Occasionally are placed in conflict situations in which others may be rude or angry.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • Work with other people, but usually in a separate office space.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work. Errors could result in serious legal problems for clients.
  • Meet strict deadlines on a daily basis. They must be prepared for hearings.
  • Repeat the same tasks over and over, such as preparing legal documents.
  • Often make decisions that affect other people. They consult lawyers for some decisions, but make most without talking to a supervisor.
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  • Are able to set some tasks and goals without consulting a supervisor.


  • Generally have a set schedule each week.
  • Usually work 40 hours a week.
  • May work nights and weekends to meet deadlines.
  • May travel to another part of town to gather information about cases.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.