Introduction to Paralegal Studies
Introduction to Paralegal Studies

Introduction to Paralegal Studies

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This question pack questions the role of the paralegal and the different duties one is expected and able to perform.

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Paralegal Role

A paralegal’s role in the initial client interview is important because the paralegal:

A

can determine which information is important to the supervising lawyer.

B

conducts the interview from beginning to end.

C

determines what information is necessary to get from the interview.

D

must oversee the client interview process.

Paralegal Role

A typical assignment for a paralegal is to draft a request identifying the documents to be inspected and copied. This task is referred to as a(n):

A

demand for documents.

B

deposition.

C

interrogatory.

D

request for admission.

Paralegal Role

A ______________ usually conducts the initial client interview.

A

supervising attorney

B

paralegal

C

legal assistant

D

legal secretary

Paralegal Role

According to the ABA definition, a paralegal:

A

must receive specialized education to qualify.

B

must have work experience in order to qualify.

C

must receive specialized training to qualify.

D

may qualify through education, training, or experience.

Paralegal Role

As a starting point in investigations, a paralegal may participate in the creation of:

A

an investigation plan.

B

interrogatories.

C

motions.

D

depositions.

Paralegal Role

As part of his or her duties, a paralegal may:

A

take depositions.

B

interview clients and witnesses.

C

represent clients in court.

D

sign pleadings.

Paralegal Role

Currently, in order to perform the duties of a paralegal, you:

A

are not required to be licensed as lawyers are.

B

must be licensed in order to practice.

C

are subject to an intensive regulatory scheme.

D

must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

Paralegal Role

Designing an effective and efficient investigation plan begins with:

A

talking to witnesses by telephone, through e‑mail, and by conducting an online survey.

B

conducting in‑person interviews, gathering evidence, and reviewing documents.

C

preparing a series of questions that must be answered to achieve the goals of the investigation.

D

None of these answers

Paralegal Role

If you are pursuing an informal investigation, methods of investigation you could use include investigation:

A

through correspondence.

B

by computer.

C

by deposition.

D

Both A and B

Paralegal Role

In the state of New York, paralegals:

A

must have a bachelor’s degree.

B

must pass a competency test.

C

are unregulated.

D

are required to become licensed.

Paralegal Role

Paralegals may be called on to research primary authority, such as:

A

legal encyclopedias.

B

law review articles.

C

court decisions.

D

American Jurisprudence 2d.

Paralegal Role

Under state laws prohibiting the unauthorized practice of law, which of the tasks below can paralegals perform as long as his or her work is properly supervised by a licensed attorney, the supervising attorney maintains a direct relationship with the client, and the supervising attorney assumes full professional responsibility for the work product?

A

Accept a legal case

B

Give direct legal advice to clients

C

Negotiate on behalf of clients

D

Interview witnesses

Paralegal Role

When working as a paralegal, you:

A

are solely responsible for your work product.

B

perform legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.

C

may initiate legal work on your own.

D

perform work delegated by supervising paralegals.

Paralegal Role

______________ is the process of recording, tracking, and organizing deadlines for several clients and client matters.

A

E‑filing

B

Discovery

C

Docket control

D

Document management

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