View occupational profile

Search the OaSIS

Paralegals

OaSIS code 42200.01

Paralegals prepare legal documents and conduct research to assist lawyers or other professionals.

Overview

Also known as

  • Family law paralegal
  • Paralegal
  • Paralegal
  • Real estate law clerk
  • Title searcher

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Assist lawyers by interviewing clients, witnesses and other related parties, assembling documentary evidence, preparing trial briefs, and arranging for trials
  • Assist lawyers in preparation for mediation and judicial dispute resolutions
  • Under the supervision of a lawyer, prepare wills, real estate transactions and other legal documents, court reports and affidavits
  • Research records, court files and other legal documents
  • Draft legal correspondence and perform general office and clerical duties.

Additional information

No data has been provided for this section.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Legal administrative assistants (13111)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

4 – Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services

TEER

2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

42 – Front-line public protection services and paraprofessional occupations in legal, social, community, education services

Sub-major group

422 – Paraprofessional occupations in legal, social, community and education services

Minor group

4220 – Paraprofessional occupations in legal, social, community and education services

Unit group

42200 – Paralegals and related occupations

Occupational profile

42200.01 – Paralegals

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Clerical Activities
4 - High Level
Communicating with Coworkers
4 - High Level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
4 - High Level
Getting Information
4 - High Level
Processing Information
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Standing
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Law firms
  • Legal departments throughout the private and public sectors
  • Record search companies

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Near Vision
4 - High Level
Verbal Ability
4 - High Level
Written Comprehension
4 - High Level
Categorization Flexibility
3 - Moderate Level
Information Ordering
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Oral Communication: Oral Comprehension
4 - High Level
Reading Comprehension
4 - High Level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Decision Making
3 - Moderate Level
Monitoring
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important