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Main Community News Paralegals May Find Work Outside of Law Firms

Paralegals May Find Work Outside of Law Firms

Friday, February 17, 2012

A law firm is not the only possible environment for a paralegal to work in. Any company that needs assistance with legal research, filings and coordinating hearings can use the aid of a paralegal.

The Alberta company, Enbridge, is a firm focused on three core businesses: crude oil/liquids pipelines, natural gas transportation/distribution and green energy. With approximately 6,000 employees, it is still seeking more help. The company has been on the hunt for a regulatory paralegal who could assist various counsel personnel in all aspects of the regulatory process and preparation of applications and filings to surrounding agencies that handle these matters, including the National Energy Board and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The day-to-day responsibilities may seem like a great deal to manage at first - conducting hours of legal research, reviewing pleadings and preparing summaries for witnesses, to name a few - but with the right training, students can be suitably prepared to enter the profession in any work environment, whether inside a law firm or with a company such as Enbridge.

Corporate legal departments within various businesses typically seek paralegals to join their teams, as do government agencies, where paralegals would analyze evidence for agency hearings and prepare explanatory material on the law. To pursue one of these professions, adults can enroll in paralegal courses at Reeves College. To begin, fill out the form on the right.