Each paralegal is assigned to different areas of the practice, so each day will be different for each paralegal. In my case, I worked in complex business litigation, so each day would be filled with accomplishing predetermined tasks to ready a case for trial. Some of the tasks usually associated with pretrial preparation are: Subpoena witnesses, interview witnesses, draft motions and other court fillings, research topics to support and oppose various issues involved in the case *opposition research is used to determine what the other side might argue., assure that court fillings are made in a timely fashion, organize discovery documents, meet with trial counsel to make sure everyone is "on the same page." If you work in litigation, you should be prepared for everything...there is always a new "fire" to put out. It can be a pressure filled situation, but if you stay focused and remain calm it can be a lot of fun.
Paralegal Specialist at United States Department of Justice
about 2 years ago
I worked as a paralegal in the Department of Justice. A DOJ paralegal specialist plays an exciting and integral role. Depending on the day, you may start off by writing a memorandum summarizing an interview conducted by your supervising attorneys. Next, you may be analyzing and organizing discovery documents, research studies and emails received in litigation, or attending a meeting to learn about the facts of an impending case or investigation. Regardless of what's happening, a paralegal specialist should expect lots of writing, reading, and communication with attorneys and non-attorneys daily.
Generally, a normal day includes data entry, creating/proof reading demand letters, and calling the courts to check on documents and update case files. A lot of the job includes data entry because there are so many court documents received daily and they need to be kept track of. While it may seem boring, it's great exposure to the different types of court documents and the civil procedure process. Stenger and Stenger is mainly a debt collections law firm so there are a lot of demand letters that go out on a daily basis. You'll be responsible for creating and proof reading them to make sure they are accurate. Lastly, you will spend lots of time on the phone with courts. Law firms want to move forward with cases as quickly as possible so when the court doesn't get the paperwork back right away we need to call and check up on them. Overall, it's a great exposure to the civil procedure process and getting to know how a law firm operates.