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How is A.I Affecting Paralegals?

Artificial Intelligence

The use of artificial intelligence (A.I) is one of the most commonly addressed topics when it comes to how technology is affecting our workplace. While A.I has the potential to improve the way we work and take the burden of repetitive tasks out of our daily schedules, there is a worry that use greater use of A.I will lead to job losses.   In this article, we’ll be looking at how A.I is being used in the legal field and how this could impact the role of the paralegal. Artificial Intelligence Vs Repeat Process Automation A.I is a topic that..


4 Supreme Court Judgements That Shaped US Law

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As the highest court in the United States, the Supreme Court has handled some of the more critical cases pertaining to how the laws have changed and advanced in this country. In this article, we’ll be looking at four landmark cases in American law and how the judgments passed on them by the supreme court changed, or created, the laws that affect us every day. Marbury v. Madison, 1803  One of the lesser-known rulings of the Supreme Court, Marbury v. Madison, still had hugely far-reaching consequences as it established the Supreme Court’s power of judicial review over Congress. This meant..


Legal Terms Every Paralegal Needs to Know: Part Two

Legal Terms Paralegal Needs to Know Part Two

In our first installment of this series, we covered five legal terms that it was important for every paralegal to recognize and understand. In this article, we’ll be continuing with another five important legal terms for you to digest, along with a brief explanation of what they mean. 1. Constitutional Law A hugely important term in the United States, constitutional law describes the law prescribed by the written federal and state constitutions, as well as the interpretation and implementation of this law.    Constitutional law deals with the fundamental principles by which the government exercises its authority as well as..


Could Paraprofessionals Remove the Access-to-Justice Gap?

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One of the major issues with the current legal system in the US is the so-called “access-to-justice gap” in which low- and moderate-income persons are unable to afford the fees associated with hiring an attorney.    One of the proposed solutions to this problem, and the one we will be looking at today, is the use of licensed non-lawyer paraprofessionals, who could charge lower rates for their services, thereby giving low- and moderate-income persons more affordable access to legal advice. What Are Paraprofessionals? The legal system in the US and it attendant law firms already make widespread use of paraprofessionals,..


What to Consider Before Becoming a Paralegal

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Working as a paralegal can be an enjoyable, exciting, and rewarding career, but before you sign up to study with us, there are few things that you need to know about the profession that will help you get to grips with your new career choice. You Will Be Getting Involved in Cases  If you just read the basic job description of the paralegal, it might seem like their sole responsibility is to support the attorneys in their work. However, this isn’t exactly true.   While proving support to the attorneys by maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting..


Three Famous Law Cases That Captured the Public’s Attention

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Each year in the US, more than 100 million cases are filed in state trial courts, with around 400,000 cases filed in federal trial courts. The works out as nearly 4000 court cases per day.   Most of these cases barely break into the local news, with many going unreported on outside of the work of the court stenographer.    However, some cases are so sensational that they capture the attention of the entire nation and, in this article, we’ll be looking at some of the cases that captivated the attention of the American public. The Trial of O.J. Simpson..


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..


What Is Situational Crime Prevention?

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Situational crime prevention is a technique that has been around for the last 40 years and focusses on altering the environments in which crime is perpetrated. In this article, we will be looking at what exactly situational crime prevention and how it differs from modern approaches to crime prevention. What Is Situational Crime Prevention? Most modern schools of thought on crime prevention focus on those individuals who commit crime and the communities that produce them. By comparison, situational crime prevention focuses on the environments which host crime behavior and looks at ways to alter them so that they are less..


How Artificial Intelligence Could Impact Law Firms

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and its implications are at the forefront of discussion about how the digital age could affect existing areas of business and society, such as how the law is practiced and applied.   In this article, we will be looking at how the advent of artificial intelligence could impact law firms and the paralegals who work for them. What Impact Could AI Have on Paralegals? AI has boundless applications in a huge range of fields, such as the medical, legal, and educational sectors, but its particular use in legal research, one of the areas of responsibility for many..


Can You Work Remotely as a Paralegal?

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Unlike a lot of modern workplaces, the need for staffing in law offices fluctuates depending on a significant number of factors and certain cases may require a significant increase in personpower in order to cover the required legal ground.   Legal departments rarely take on levels of work and activity that can be categorized as consistent. Some duties, such as tax preparation, governmental reporting, and compliance, are almost entirely seasonal. Casework and legal procedures can lead to a dramatic increase in staffing needs, with their completion meaning a dramatic decrease, over the course of a year.   The reality is..