Difference Between A Lawyer And A Paralegal

First of all to better understand the difference between a paralegal and an attorney, let us begin by clarifying what a paralegal can do.

Paralegals may complete many of the same legal tasks that a lawyer does (except those prescribed by law).

But paralegals can only do so on behalf of and under the supervision of an attorney who has been lincenced.

1. The ability to practice law

Put simply—licensed lawyers can practice law. Conversely, there are far fewer formal requirements.

2. Tasks and responsibilities.

While most legal careers come with a certain amount of stress, lawyers shoulder a greater degree of responsibility for legal work.

This is because of the fact that a supervising attorney is ultimately responsible for their paralegal’s work.

3. Qualification.

Lawyers must meet a specific set of educational, training, and licensing requirements to practice law.

Conversely, to work as a paralegal, there are far less formal requirements.

4. Salary and compensation:

While becoming a lawyer requires more education, there is a higher potential return on investment.

As we will discuss later, the earning potential of lawyers is generally much higher than that of paralegals.


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