When I tell people about LegalProse, one of the most common questions I get is, "what exactly does a paralegal do?" It's easy to forget that something so engrained in your day to day life can be completely foreign to others. Clearly - it's a topic worth discussing.
Because paralegals are not regulated in BC, there is not one specific definition of a paralegal. The Law Society of BC defines a paralegal as a
However, I think that a more useful definition, which helps to describe the duties of a paralegal, as well as the education they receive is:
I'm hopeful that my definition provides interested individuals with a more full picture of what a paralegal does and what their duties typically entail. If anyone has any suggestions as to a better definition, I would love to hear them!
BC also has a category of paralegal described as a "designated paralegal" but we will discuss that in detail next time! Thanks for reading!