What Does a Corporate Paralegal Do?

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As we’ve mentioned in previous articles, one of the benefits of working as a paralegal is the ability to specialize in an area of law that interests you. One of those areas, and one becoming more and more popular, is that of the corporate paralegal, paralegals who use their knowledge of business and the law to work on legal matters within a corporate setting. 

 

In this article, we’ll be examining the attributes and responsibilities of a corporate paralegal and the benefits of pursuing this particular specialization.

 

What Is a Corporate Paralegal?  

Simply put, a corporate paralegal works for a corporation, that is to say, a large company or group of companies authorized to act as a single entity and recognized as such in law, and applies their understanding of the law to assist that corporation in a legal sense, most commonly in the areas of tax and liability law. 

 

A corporate paralegal doesn’t have to work directly for a corporation, but might work for a legal firm hired to support a corporation.

 

Where Do Corporate Paralegals Work?

Generally, corporate paralegal work for the in-house legal team of larger corporations. They may also work for government agencies who are tasked with working with or overseeing, private corporations, such as the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the US Patent Trademark Office. 

 

What Do Corporate Paralegals Do?

As a general rule, a corporate paralegal works with documents like limited liability companies and partnerships, meeting notices, license applications, stock certificates, merger and dissolution agreements, and amendments. 

 

In addition, corporate paralegals frequently work with the legal aspects of corporate transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, contract review and initial public offerings depending on where they work.

 

What Skills Do You Need to Become a Corporate Paralegal?

Of the 87,000 paralegal job postings from the past year analyzed by tech website Burning-Glass.com, the most commonly requested skills were:

 

  • Litigation
  • Administrative support
  • Document management
  • Legal research
  • Legal documentation and composition
  • Scheduling
  • Regulatory compliance

Join One Of The Best Paralegal Schools In Las Vegas Today!

Here at Northwest Career College, we run the top paralegal program in Nevada, offering our students the skills and experience they need to successfully enter the field of paralegal work and position themselves to maximize their earnings. Our Paralegal instructors are seasoned attorneys and highly trained professionals who are able not only to teach you the law but also to guide you through the many ways a paralegal integrates into a Las Vegas law practice. 

 

We offer on-campus and online paralegal classes to accommodate your work and family schedule. Our Career Services team will work with you to help you find the best paralegal employment opportunity in Las Vegas, and their expertise in this area has given us a 100% success rate in job placement rate for paralegal graduates. Call us today at (702) 403-1592 to find out what our paralegal program can offer you.

 

Written by:

Lisa Myers, J.D., L.L.M.

Legal Studies Department Director

J.D. L.L.M. Campbell University

B.A. Corllins University