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Agricultural Legal Assistant

 

Overview

Agricultural legal assistants cannot give legal advice or represent individuals in court, but they play an important role in providing support for supervising lawyers.

 

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Draft contracts and other legal documents to submit to a lawyer for review so that the lawyer can verify that the requirements of the client and the law are met
  • Perform legal research that will help support arguments in the court setting or in legal briefs
  • Travel to farms or job sites in order to take photo documentation or conduct interviews if needed
  • Assist in real estate closings, contract writing, filing articles of incorporation and partnership agreements
  • Meticulously edit documents
  • Provide customer service to clients
  • Conduct preliminary interviews of clients and/or witnesses
  • Take courses to expand knowledge and capabilities
  • File and manage electronic contracts
  • Draft correspondence to outside counsels and third parties
  • Contact clients to discuss areas of concern and solve problems
  • Assist in budgeting and invoice management
  • Provide assistance in meeting planning and booking travel

 

What education and training is required?

Becoming an agricultural legal assistant requires a bachelor’s degree in a related field or a paralegal associate’s degree.

 

To pursue a career as an agriculture legal assistant:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, English, and computer courses.  

 

Where can I work?

Agricultural legal assistants may work with an independent lawyer or may be hired by an organization or company.

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for an agricultural legal assistant will be good over the next five years. 

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • National Federation of Paralegal Associations
  • State/Local Paralegal Associations (ex. Atlanta Paralegal Association)
  • The Association of Legal Assistants and Paralegals