Law Clerk vs. Paralegal: Legal Roles Explained

Legal thrillers and courtroom dramas have done much to raise the profile of attorneys and judges. We’re used to seeing lawyers make impassioned appeals to juries and judges bang gavels while laying down heavy consequences. But what we see less is the behind-the-scenes support that makes such dramatic spectacles possible, namely, the work of law clerks and paralegals.

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