Legal Research is primarily considered a function that is delegated to paralegals. Although, attorneys do conduct legal research it is a paralegal that is required to be proficient at legal research.
Legal research requires a great deal of time and patience as it is not a task that can be performed without careful consideration of how the research results will determine the outcome of a case. Whether a paralegal is working for an attorney or for themselves it still requires the same level of attention. Why then do most paralegals not understand the basics of legal research and spend the time and energy to develop these skills.
Becoming a proficient legal researcher requires a great deal of time and effort. Follow these tips and cut the time that it takes for you to complete your legal research projects:
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Fundamentals of Legal Research
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