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Agricultural Legal Assistant


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
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