The role of a paralegal can be of great importance in the delivery of legal services and therefore paralegals who are well trained and skilled are invaluable to the legal profession. Some of the essential skills that set apart a good paralegal are:

Attention to detail

Attention to detail is critical in the legal profession and comes into place in all aspects of delivering legal services. Imagine a submission in court, an advice to a client, or a memo to a lawyer being sprinkled with typographical mistakes and factual errors, these can only detract from the overall impression of the quality and professionalism of the service provided.

Therefore, being attentive to details when proofreading and preparing a document is extremely important in the role of a paralegal.


Attention to detail

Whether a paralegal is responsible for maintaining diaries and schedules, managing voluminous documents or preparing briefs, being well organised is important in the delivery of legal services.  More often than not, a matter or a dispute involves multiple parties and a large volume of correspondence and documents. Therefore, being well organised in every stage of a matter prevents mistakes and errors from being made and avoid unnecessary delays and costs.

Rarely would paralegals find themselves assigned to or dedicating all their time to one single matter or task. Therefore, paralegals must be versatile and be able to organise and manage multiple tasks with competing priorities.


Attention to detail

Providing legal services require one to have be able to communicate verbally and in written form effectively. Paralegals are likely to find themselves communicating frequently, whether it be with lawyers, clients or third parties including experts and service providers.

Navigating the legal system and the law can be complex and being able to communicate clearly and concisely is important, especially when communicating with clients and third parties who may not be familiar with the legal process and the law.

Whilst providing accurate information is important, being able to deliver the information to your audience in an appropriate manner is equally as important.


Attention to detail

Conducting research is integral to the role of a paralegal, and therefore paralegals who possess good critical thinking and are logical in conducting research set themselves apart. Apart from developing the skills to review and analyse cases, legislations and commentaries competently, paralegals should also familiarise themselves with the various legal research software and databases. With the increased usage of technology in the legal profession and process, being proficient in using technology for research is an important quality.