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Main Connect News Environmental Law and the Paralegal

Environmental Law and the Paralegal

Monday, July 26, 2010

Environmental law is an exciting career choice for a paralegal

Calgary, AB - July 26, 2010 - Becoming a paralegal offers graduates the opportunity to work in a wide range of legal settings. One area of law that a paralegal may become familiar with is environmental law. Environmental law is a branch of law that is becoming increasingly popular as the public's awareness of green issues and our natural resources increases. Attorneys are finding that even while specializing in other fields of law, it is important to have a grasp on environmental issues and law as well to assist corporations and the general public with these matters.

Legal and regulatory issues of environmental law that a paralegal may work with include the following:

  • air and water quality
  • hazardous waste
  • water rights and groundwater pollution
  • toxic torts
  • natural gas transportation as well as oil and gas exploration and development
  • electric power licensing
  • energy trade regulation
  • Benzene exposure, toxic mold and lead poisoning issues

Environmental Law Careers

Paralegals may not only work in law firms that handle environmental law but may also work directly with governmental agencies that are involved with environmental issues. Opportunities to work with public interest and non-profit groups that are concerned about protecting the environment also exist.

Setting Precedent

Many may believe that there is an agency responsible for regulating laws regarding issues about the environment but although Environment Canada and the EPA and other organizations in the United States are the most involved with environmental law, there is no single entity that administers and enforces them. Attorneys and paralegals play a large part in protecting the earth and its natural resources.

Interested in becoming a paralegal? Fill in the form to your left for more information!