Legal assistants are needed in various areas within the legal system including law offices, courtrooms, as judge assistants, and as freelance consultants. Students who are interested in pursuing careers in this field will have to complete a degree program that will prepare them for the many tasks involved in being a legal assistant. In addition to finding information for lawyers and judges, legal assistants and paralegals also draft legal briefs and other documents, talk with clients and interview witnesses, and prepare cases that will be going before a judge and jury.
Courses that students will have to complete include legal terminology, courtroom procedures, dictation, database storage, and internet research. These skills will prepare students for working within the legal system immediately after graduation. Having an understanding of general law and being able to conduct in-depth research are essential skills needed in this field.