What paralegals can do...and the list goes on
Eric G. Orlinsky, a Partner in the Business and Finance Department, co-wrote this article that covers the range of ways business lawyers use paralegals. The article presented results from a survey taken by an ad hoc committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section that asked lawyers for "best practices" for using paralegals and to find more efficient ways to use business paralegals.
The survey found that paralegals have significant interaction with clients. They also do considerable clerical-type work, with 83 percent performing "clerical" work weekly, 88 percent performing filing and administrative work weekly, and 83 percent photocopying weekly. Among the other fairly common tasks performed by business paralegals on a weekly basis were entity formation, due diligence, factual investigation, legal research and transactional document drafting.
The article concludes that paralegals can assist lawyers in a variety of ways, including helping with business development and marketing.